Days That I'll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Doubleday. 2013. 256p. illus. ISBN 9780385536370. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385536387. MUSIC
OrangeReviewStarCott (contributing editor, Rolling Stone; Dinner with Lenny: The Last Long Interview with Leonard Bernstein) delivers a raw and intimate portrait of the much-written-about—but still fascinating—Beatle and his wife and muse. Cott weaves expanded, more in-depth versions of his previously published Rolling Stone profiles (which were based on 1968, 1971, and 1980 interviews) into a completely new, unified work, adding a touching 2012 interview with a reflective Ono. The 1968 conversation is the book's highlight, with Lennon laying bare his thoughts on Beatlemania, his bandmates, songwriting techniques and inspirations, and the public's mostly spiteful reaction to his then-new relationship with Ono. Cott is an outstanding interviewer who doesn't let his own obvious reverence and affection for both Lennon and his wife keep him from asking tough questions. The book includes stunning images from Ono's art films and charming photographs of the couple at home and at play.
VERDICT Recommended for admirers of Robert Hilburn's Cornflakes with John Lennon, not to mention the legion of Lennon fans who want something more personal than a standard biography.
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