Review and Giveaway! "John Lennon: Life is What Happens"

Hi everyone! I am running a giveaway at my book blog, In the Hammock Reviews for the book "John Lennon: Life is What Happens." I think vintage fans will really love this book, so I'd like to open the contest up for followers of  this blog, too! Just drop by and leave a comment here and let me know you're a 'Vintage' follower!

Meanwhile, here's my review of this great book, cross posted from my book blog!

"John Lennon: Life is What Happens"
by John Borack

Publisher: KP Books
Release Date: Sep 27, 2010

Source: sent by FSB

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from

John Lennon - Life is What Happens celebrates the life and times of one of the most influential musicians in pop music history. A singer, songwriter, artist, social activist, husband and father, Lennon's genius inspired a generation &#151 and continues to do so today some 30 years after his death.
This fascinating read features rare images of Lennon juxtaposed by the myriad pop-culture memorabilia created from the height of Beatlemania into the late 1970s and the Plastic Ono Band. Chronicling his musical career, the book includes hundreds of classic photographs, dozens of quotes by and about Lennon, and personal reminiscence from fans and celebrities recalling Lennon's impact on their lives.

My Review:

This book is filled with beautiful photos and packed with information, quotes from John Lennon, as well as quotes about him from others. The photos include pictures of Lennon and detailed photos of memorabilia. My personal favorite parts of the book were the quotes from Lennon himself.

As a Beatles fan, but also someone who didn't live during the ear, I found out a lot of new information from this book. The body of the book was just the right balance of concise information, with enough details to satay both fast moving and in depth.

You could tell the book was written by a true fan and I loved the gushing moments praising Lennon and the Beatles' work. It was fun to know that the author was so passionate about Lennon's music.
If you are a Beatles collector, you definitely need this book. There are detailed photos of memorabilia with prices and details about the rarity and condition of the items. I had no idea that some really fun items were actually affordable. It's fun to think that if I wanted to, I could really get that vintage Beatles bobblehead for myself!

If I had to make one complaint about the book, it was that the photos didn't always match up to what you reading about in the body of the text. I would be reading about John's relationship with Yoko and on the opposite page was a photo of the Fab Four circa 1964 in matching black suits. It just didn't make for a smooth flow.

That aside, I loved the book and it was filled with info, quotes, and photos. There was just enough detail to make me feel informed and also want to read more about Lennon and the Beatles and do more research.

Bottom Line: Lennon's life philosophy shines in this book, and I absolutely loved the quotes featured here. 
Don't forget to enter the contest!! Thanks!


  1. Not my type of book, but your review was fantastic :)

    Stop by my blog if you find the time - comments&followers much appreciated <3

  2. What stinkin' FANTASTIC vintageness you feature!!! So glad you stopped by to become a new buddy...hope to see you again soon!

  3. I have not had much luck on winning anything off the blog. However, I would love a chance at winning this for my son. He was a big Beatles fan when younger and still likes them. In fact, by chance I found him an album of theirs with two records at an antique store. I snatched it up in a hurry. All their merchandise is very expensive. He was more excited over it than anything else.

  4. LV, I'll enter you in the contest! I think you would like this book b/c there are lots of photos and details on the memorabilia like old records!

    Sabina and Ramsey, thanks so much for stopping by!