Just about the whole world wanted the Beatles to stay together; we adored them too much to want the love affair to end. But Ray Connolly’s brisk and eminently readable biography of John Lennon reminds us of the irresistible forces driving the Fab Four apart. Yoko Ono was painted as the villain at the time, and in this book too, she comes across as an unwelcome guest at the party. Yet when you consider the unremitting psychological pressure, the constant media intrusion and, most importantly, exactly how much creativity John, George, Paul and Ringo crammed into less than a decade, we should perhaps give thanks for the fact that they lasted as long as they did.
Source: Clive Davis/thetimes.co.uk