As John Lennon said to Playboy in 1980, "I like to write about me, because I know about me." John Lennon: Whatever Gets You Through the Night is a song-by-song analysis of every song Lennon wrote and recorded after the Beatles breakup in 1970 until his death in 1980. In his songs he explored the traumas of his childhood, the bitter legacy of the Beatles, his love for Yoko, his infidelities, and his insecurity. There are also the classic anthems of social protest, like "Give Peace a Chance" and "Power to the People." Even his choice of covers like "Stand by Me" and "Be-Bop-A-Lula" tells much about his musical roots. Finally there are Lennon's accounts of his domestic contentment and optimism for the future.
About the Author
Paul Du Noyer was born in Liverpool and educated at the London School of Economics. Now a rock journalist in London, he has written and/or edited for NME, Q, Mojo, and The Story of Rock 'n' Roll.