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

Thanks to FSB, I have a giveaway of a brand new copy of "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.

FSB has generously provided a copy of this book for readers of my blog!

All you have to do is follow my blog publicly and leave a comment on this review with your email address!

I'm also opening this contest up to readers of my vintage blog, In the Hammock Vintage, because I know fans of vintage will love this one too! Just let me know you're a follower of In the Hammock Vintage in the comments! Followers of both blogs will get an extra entry!

Please follow publicly or I can't tell that you are following :) Also, if you aren't comfortable leaving your email here, go ahead and leave a comment and then send me an email with your email addy.
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  • Ends Monday Jan 17
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!


  1. Awesome giveaway (:


  2. sweet!


  3. Sounds great! Enter me, I'm already a follower! Happy New Year!

  4. Please enter me! I'd love to read more about Lennon!

    follower of both blogs.

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  5. I follow via gfc
    I would love to read this
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  6. tweeted

  7. I am a gfc follower
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  8. I follow~ :)
    I am really enjoying your blog!

  9. I am a gfc follower. I think this book would be really interesting.

  10. Thanks for the contest!

  11. I follow this blog. This one sounds really interesting. Nice review.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  12. Great review! I love The Beatles. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

    I'm a follower. :)

  13. Great book! I love John Lennon and miss him terribly.Thanks for the chance!

    Extra entry I follow both blogs on GFC publicly (Ally)

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  14. Please enter me. I am a follower.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  15. I am an In the Hammock Vintage follower.
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  16. Love your review and giveaway, Carrie! Amazing, as usual...I'm not entering because I have too much new stuff, but good luck to all! :)

  17. I'm a follower of In The hammock

  18. I am a fan of the Beatles, John Lennon & your Blog! Please, enter me,
    I am an old follower with GFC

    gcpeach17 at aol dot com

  19. I am a follower and would really enjoy reading this. Thanks!

  20. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I wish I could do all the entries, but I'm strapped for time (my Mum thinks I'm online too much, so she's rationing it)
    My brother LOVES the Beatles. He's like a walking, talking Beatles historian. I'd love to win this for him!

    -thank you!

  21. I love the Beatles, and would love to have this! I follow you on GFC and enjoy your blog!
    Thank you.

  22. I love the Beatles! What great give away thank you!

  23. I'm a GFC follower @headlessfowl.

    headlessfowl at gmail dot com

  24. OMG, my 12 year old is obsessed with The Beatles (thanks iTunes).

    Hope to win this.

  25. It's hard to believe that it's been so long since he was killed. Makes you wonder how much wonderful music we missed out on.

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  26. Blogged:

    (And I forgot to mention it before, but I do follow!)

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