Literary Lennon & books about The Beatles

John Lennon In His Own Write In His Own Write John Lennon real Love: Drawings For Sean10 John Lennon Remembers
"About The Awful

I was bored on the 9th of Octover 1940 when, I believe, the Nasties were still booming us led by Madolf Heatlump (who only had one). Anyway they didn't get me. I attended to varicous schools in Liddypol. And still didn't pass -- much to my Aunties supplies. As a member of the most publified Beatles my (P, G, and R's) records might seem funnier to some of you than this book, but as far as I'm conceived this correction of short writty is the most wonderfoul larf I've every ready. God help and breed you all."


I bet you'd know that was written by John Lennon even if no one told you :-) From "In His Own Write"

You'll find more of my favorite Lennonisms on my Quotable John Lennon page.

Looking for more pictures of John? Visit the John Lennon Photo Gallery


my John Lennon hat John loved art and writing almost as much as he loved music. He went to art school in Liverpool. His teacher Arthur Ballard was very impressed with his work and thought he should become a professional illustrator. His first wife Cynthia thought he would have become a cartoonist if he hadn't become a Beatle. Actually he became both! In 1964 In His Own Write, his first book of stories and drawings was published. Of course I ran right out and bought the book, and it really did crack me up... still does. Nobody's mind worked like John Lennon's mind! I was soooo impressed that I decided I just had to have a hat like the one John wore on the cover. This one isn't quite like John's but it's the closest I could get. I wore that hat for years (this pic was taken sometime in 1966 I think; that's my cousin Vicki - a fellow Beatlemaniac - on the right.) John's next book was called "A Spaniard In the Works" and it's equally assymetrically hysterical. You can find most of John's books at a discount at amazon.com as well as many books about him. Several new books about John have just been published: John's first wife Cynthia Lennon's biography John... Peter Doggett's The Art and Music of John Lennon... John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth by Elizabeth Partridge... Life Magazine's Life: Remembering John Lennon: 25 Years Later and photographer Bob Gruen's John Lennon: The New York Years. I was especially looking forward to Gruen's book as he's not only a great photographer, but was also close friend of John's, and this book IS excellent! Also check out Yoko Ono's Memories of John Lennon and a new Imagine DVD, remastered with extra footage.

Books About the Beatles

These are some of my favorite classics...

The Beatles Anthology The Beatles Anthology
John, Paul, George and Ringo in their own words plus thousands of pictures... what could be better? This book captures much of the spontaneity that made the Beatles immortal. Though it also documents the many fights, it conveys what kept them together. As Ringo sagely says, "Elvis went downhill because he seemed to have no friends, just a load of sycophants. Whereas with us, individually we all went mad, but the other three always brought us back."


John Lennon in New York City photos John Lennon : The New York Years by Bob Gruen
This is my new favorite John Lennon book :-) Bob Gruen first photographed Lennon in 1971 and became his personal photographer and close friend shortly thereafter. This book assembles an amazing collection of photographs taken during Lennon's years in New York, together with Gruen's reflections on the circumstances surrounding the photos, including John's relationship with Yoko, how he dealt with fame, and his experiences with fatherhood. The result is a remarkable behind-the-scenes look at John Lennon as a performer, a legend, and a person.



Paul McCartney's biography Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now by Barry Miles
A book for anyone who doesn't already know (and for those of us who have always known :-) that Macca is more than just a pretty face & cute personality: a wonderful telling of the McCartney story by a man who knows him well. But one of the best thing about this book is Paul's sharp and compassionate insights into his fellow Beatles, especially the brilliant but troubled John. And the inside info on all those songs!



A Hard Day's Write A Hard Day's Write by Steve Turner
Arranged chronologically by album, the author explores how private incidents influenced the group's writing and how their music evolved. A longtime Beatles admirer, Turner tracked down and interviewed the real-life subjects of the songs, probed public records and newspaper archives, and spoke in depth to the people closet to the Beatles to unearth these fascinating tales. The result is a book that chronicles an untold story of the Beatles themselves. Some of these stories have been included in other books before and since, but there are quite a few exclusives and it's also majorly cool to have them all in one fab package that's illustrated with over 200 photographs :-)

Days in the Life : The Lost Beatles Archives Days in the Life : The Lost Beatles Archives by Richard Buskin & R.E. Robinson
This was published over a year ago, but I just discovered it and it's my current favorite. Looking through this book is like paging through a personal photo album. A combination of posed and candid shots, the photographs are incredible... big, glossy and revealing and the little stories that accompany the pictures also have that intimate insider feel. If you can only buy one Beatles photos book, make it this one.




New Books About The Beatles (2004-2005)

The Beatles: 10 Years That Shook The World edited by Paul Trynka with a foreward by Brian Wilson
OK, this book is actually a collection of three special issues of Mojo magazine published in the UK in 2003 but it's beautifully put together.

John Lennon : In His Own Words by Ken Lawrence

John by Cynthia Lennon
intimate account of John Lennon as he was in the 1960's written by his childhood sweetheart and first wife Cynthia

John Lennon : Nothing's Going to Change My World by Susan Moyer

Postcards From The Boys by Ringo Starr
Ringo's collection of more than 100 postcards sent to him by John, Paul & George over the years with fascinating commentary

John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon by Doreen Rappaport
A creative children's book using free-verse text and pictures that tumble across the pages to introduce John Lennon to a new generation.

Teenagers Guide To The Beatles by Zane Lalani

The Beatles Literary Anthology edited by Mike Evans

Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles by Tony Barrow

Meet The Beatles by Steven Stark
A Cultural History of the Band That Shook Youth, Gender, and the World

Revolution in the Head : The Beatles' Records and the Sixties by Ian Macdonald

Bob Dylan And The Beatles by Al Aronowitz
Volume One Of The Best Of The Blacklisted Journalist

The Beatles Solo on Apple Records by Bruce Spizer

Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles And The "Paul-Is-Dead" Hoax by Andru J Reeve

The Beatles Day-by-Day, Song-by-Song, Record-by-Record by Craig Cross

The Beatles (People Who Made History) by David M. Haugen


There are a LOT of books about The Beatles out there! Some of them are available at a discount at amazon.com. I'm hoping to have all the individual links up eventually... I've started with the books that I'm most familiar with and really like. (For the others, you can use the search box) Some you might have to hunt a little harder for. I'm sure this list isn't complete, so if you know of any other cool Beatle books, please email me at

Beatles Songbooks

The Beatles - Complete Scores
1100 pages with music & lyrics to all 210 Beatles songs!

The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook
194 songs written by The Beatles transcribed from the actual recordings in the original keys. Includes chord symbols, guitar chord boxes & lyrics

Best of The Beatles for Acoustic Guitar
With CD! Wolf Marshall provides in-depth analysis of 21 songs.... Across The Universe, Blackbird, Hey Jude, Norwegian Wood, Yesterday, You've Got to Hide You're Love Away & 15 more.

The Beatles Fake Book
200 of The Beatles' hits arranged in fake book format for piano, guitar and vocals

The Beatles Keyboard Book
Exact keyboard transcriptions for 25 Beatles classics including Hey Jude, Let It Be, Get Back, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, You Never Give Me Your Money, Back in the U.S.S.R., Martha My Dear, Lady Madonna, 17 more.

The Beatles Complete volume 1 words & music to virtually every song The Beatles recorded, including those they didn't write. Volume 1 covers A-I. Volume 2 covers J-Z

The Beatles Greatest Hits 25 Beatles classics arranged for easy piano

The Beatles Bass Book step-by-step breakdown of Paul McCartney's bass guitar style includes in-depth analysis of 16 Beatles classics


More Books About The Beatles (collectively and individually)

Abbey Road: The Story of the World's Most Famous Recording Studios by Brian Southah

Abbey Road to Zapple Records : A Beatles Encyclopedia by Judson Knight

Across the Universe with John Lennon by Linda Keen & Darryl Price

All Our Loving: A Beatle Fan's Memoir by Carolyn Lee Mitchell & Michael Munn

All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview With John Lennon and Yoko Ono

As I Write This Letter: American Generation Remembers the Beatles by M.A. Catone

As Time Goes By: Living in the Sixties by Derek Taylor

The Beatles - revised edition by Hunter Davies

The Beatles - unabridged audio version by Hunter Davies

Beatlepedia Interactive CD-ROM by Joe Cuhaj

The Beatles by William McKeen

The Beatles After the Break-Up 1970-2000 : A Day-By-Day Diary by Keith Badman

The Beatles: An Oral History by David Pritchard

The Beatles: An Illustrated Diary by H V Fulpen

The Beatles: A Private View by Robert Freeman

The Beatles : As It Happened by John Donegan

The Beatles As Musicians: The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul by Walter Everett

The Beatles As Musicians: Revolver Through the Anthology by Walter Everett

The Beatles at the BEEB 62-65: The Story of Their Radio Career by Kevin Howlett

The Beatles Day-by-Day, Song-by-Song, Record-by-Record by Craig Cross

The Beatles: A Diary by Barry Miles

Beatles Down Under: The 1964 Australia and New Zealand Tour by Glenn A. Baker

The Beatles' England by David Bacon & Norman Maslov

The Beatles Files by Andy Davis

The Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments, from Stage to Studio by Andy Babiuk & Tony Bacon

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics by Alan Aldridge

The Beatles in Their Own Words

The Beatles in Rishikesh by Paul Saltzman

The Beatles Literary Anthology edited by Mike Evans

The Beatles Live by Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles Memorabilia Price Guide by Jeff Augsburger

Beatles Not for Sale : The Beatles Musical Legacy As Archived on Unauthorized Recordings

Beatlesongs by William J. Dowlding

The Beatles' Story on Capitol Records, Part One : Beatlemania & The Singles by Spizer & Livingstone

The Beatles : The True Beginnings by Roag Best, Pete Best & Rory Best

Beatletoons: The Real Story Behind the Cartoon Beatles by Axelrod

Before He Was Fab: George Harrison's First American Visit by Jim Kirkpatrick

Birth of the Beatles by Sam Leach

Blackbird Singing : Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999 by Paul McCartney

Carry That Weight: The Story of the Beatles by Ernst E. Schultze

Nothing to Get Hung About: A Short History of the Beatles by Mike Evans

Rock 'N' Roll Times: The Style and Spirit of The Early Beatles and Their First Film by Jurgen Vollmer

A Cellarful of Noise by Brian Epstein

Collecting the Beatles: An Intro and Price Guide to Fab Four Collectibles by B. Fenick

Come Together: John Lennon in His Time by Jon Wiener

Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn & George Martin

Days in the Life : The Lost Beatles Archives by Richard Buskin

Each One Believing by Paul McCartney

Every Little Thing: A Compendium of Witty, Weird and Ever-Surprising Facts About the Fab Four by Maxwell Mackenzie

Get Back : The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles' Let It Be Disaster by Doug Sulpy, Ray Schweighardt

Glass Onion : The Beatles in Their Own Words by Geoffrey Giuliano, Vrnda Devi

Goldmine The Beatles Digest

A Hard Day's Write: The Story Behind Every Beatles Song by Steve Turner

Harrison by Olivia Harrison

In My Life : Encounters With the Beatles by Robert Cording (editor)

In Their Own Words - The Beatles After The Break-up by David Bennahum

John Lennon A Story in Photographs by Terry Burroughs

Lennon : The Definitive Biography by Ray Coleman

John Lennon My Brother by Julia Baird & Geoffrey Giuliano

John Lennon: Whatever Gets You Through the Night: The Stories behind Every John Lennon Song by Paul Du Noyer

Linda McCartney's Sixties : Portrait of an Era by Linda McCartney & Paul McCartney

Listening to the Beatles: Vol 1: Bootlegs and Singles by David Schwartz

Long and Winding Road: An Intimate Guide to the Beatles by Ted Greenwald

Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles by Tony Barrow

The Making of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour by Tony Barrow

Meet The Beatles: A Cultural History of the Band by Steven Stark

Mystical One: George Harrison: After the Breakup of the Beatles by Elliot J. Huntley

Nothing Is Beatleproof by Michael J. Hockinson

Nothing to Get Hung About: A Short History of the Beatles by Mike Evans

Once there was a way...Photographs of the Beatles by Harry Benson

Paperback Writers: An Illustrated Bibliography by Bill Harry

Paperback Writers: The History of The Beatles in Print by Bill Harry

Paperback Writers: The Life and Times of The Beatles: The Spurious Chronicle by Mark Shipper

Paul McCartney : I Saw Him Standing There by Jorie Gracen

Paul McCartney Paintings by Paul McCartney

Postcards From The Boys by Ringo Starr

Rock 'N' Roll Times: The Style and Spirit of The Early Beatles and Their First Film by Jurgen Vollmer

The Rocking City: The Explosive Birth of the Beatles by Sam Leach

Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation by Phillip Norman

Skywriting by Word of Mouth And Other Writings by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles Records on Vee-Jay by Bruce Spizer, et al

Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary by Tim Riley

Things We Said Today: Conversations With The Beatles by Giuliano, Geoffrey

1000 Beatles Facts (And a Little Bit of Hearsay)by Ed Nibbervoll & Evan Thorburn

Ticket to Ride: The Extraordinary Diary of the Beatles Last Tour by Barry Tashian

Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles And The "Paul-Is-Dead" Hoax by Andru J Reeve

Twilight of the Gods: The Beatles in Retrospect by Mellers, Wilfred

With the Beatles by Alistair Taylor

With the Beatles : The Historic Photographs of Dezo Hoffman by Pearce Marchbank

Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia by Bill Harry

Ultimate Beatles Quiz Book II by Michael Hockinson

Unseen Beatles by Bob Whitaker

The Walrus Was Paul: The Great Beatle Death Clues by R. Gary Patterson
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