‘Double Fantasy’ book gets to the real Lennon nitty gritty

Ken Sharp
“Starting Over: The Making of
John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Double Fantasy’”
Gallery Books, ISBN 978-1-4391-0300-5
Hardcover, Gallery Books, $26.99

By Pat Prince

In his most recent book, Ken Sharp interviewed more than 40 insiders on the making of John Lennon’s last musical statement: the wonderful “Double Fantasy” album.

Sharp’s style of positioning quotes from each individual (including Lennon via archival interviews) into a nice narrative flow has a way of taking the reader behind the scenes of “Double Fantasy” in a way other biographies could not. Through this method John and Yoko’s daily routine is captured perfectly. The devil is in the details, from the grand creations to the everyday motions. You feel as if you were there, getting to know rock ’n’ roll’s most famous couple. At times some members of the band over-quote and repeat themselves, but it pays off when no stone is left unturned; every note of every song and every movement, down to the kind of coffee Lennon drank (Brazilian) and his morning ritual in drinking it, is covered.

The best revelation of this intimate journey is how secretive the scheduling of “Double Fantasy” came to be. All the studio musicians were meant to swear themselves to secrecy. There is an avalanche of Lennon material being released right now, around what would have been his 70th birthday. As far as books are concerned on this subject, Sharp’s 262-page accomplishment is certainly one of the worthwhile purchases.

For related items that you may enjoy in our Goldmine store:
• Get the closest thing to the full Woodstock experience with the book “Woodstock Peace, Music & Memories.”
• Get the new John Lennon book: “John Lennon: Life is What Happens, Music, Memories & Memorabilia”
• Get the invaluable record collector’s resource: Goldmine® Record Album Price Guide, 6th Edition

About Patrick Prince

Patrick Prince is the Editor of Goldmine

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