Skywriting by Word of Mouth and other writings, including The Ballad of John and Yoko by John Lennon

Skywriting by Word of Mouth and other writings, including The Ballad of John and Yoko by John Lennon

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New York : Harper & Row, 1986. First Edition. Hardcover. 200 pages ; 21 cm. $12.95 dust jacket unclipped with a touch of foxing to dust jacket front side. Light foxing to page edges and nowhere else. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.


John Lennon was loved by millions around the world, and his songs are as popular today as they were twenty years ago. Skywriting by Word of Mouth brings back to life the workings of Lennon's amazing, innovative mind— and his tremendous charm.

When John Lennon published two books in the 1960s, he was greeted with tremendous critical and popular acclaim. "A kind of wild and splendid talent...preposterous...entrancing and impossible." said The Chicago Tribune. "An original infernal machine of a mind.... No punches are pulled, but many paunches are punched," remarked The London Daily Mail. Such praise also applies to this new collection of Lennon's writings and drawings. Produced during the last years of his life, these works have never before been published.

John had always planned to publish Skywriting, written during Yoko Ono's pregnancy with their son Sean, but its opportunity for public release seemed to end following his assassination in 1980 and the theft of the materials from the Lennons' New York home in 1982. Containing all of the wit, the playfulness, the attacks on middlebrow thinking, the sexual explicitness, and the joy for living that everyone remembers of John, Skywriting by Word of Mouth shows us his fertile creative spirit close up—and in full force.

Completing this collection are 'Two Virgins," written in 1968 when the public discovered that John and Yoko were living together as man and wife, and John's only autobiography: notes on his falling in love with Yoko; the breakup of the Beatles; his persecution by U.S. authorities; and his withdrawal from public life. Skywriting by Word of Mouth will remind everyone what John Lennon was really like—and why he is remembered with so much love.

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