Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon
Cover of US paperback edition, from Quick American Archives, 2002.
|Cover artist||Andrea Ventura|
|Publisher||Quick American Archives, Soft Skull Press|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||225 pp (Paperback)|
|Followed by||Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography|
Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon, first published in 2000 and written by New York journalist Robert Rosen, who in 1981 had access to John Lennon's diaries, is a controversial account of the ex-Beatle's last five years. The book disputes the official view of Lennon as a contented househusband raising his son Sean and baking bread while Yoko ran the family business. Instead, Nowhere Man portrays Lennon's daily life at the Dakota as that of a "tormented superstar, a prisoner of his fame, locked in his bedroom raving about Jesus Christ, while a retinue of servants tended to his every need."
Rosen says that he used his memory of Lennon’s diaries as “a roadmap to the truth.”
The final part of the book, The Coda, focuses on the mental disintegration of Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, and includes Chapter 27, the so-called missing chapter of J.D. Salinger's classic novel of disaffected youth, The Catcher in the Rye, that "inspired" Chapman to murder Lennon. It was Chapman's goal, according to Rosen, to write Chapter 27 "in Lennon's blood."
Originally written in 1982, the manuscript remained unpublished for 18 years. Soft Skull Press acquired the rights to the book in 1999 and brought out the hardcover edition the following year. Quick American Archives then picked up the rights and published the paperback edition in 2002.
Nowhere Man was a bestseller in the United States (Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2000), England (Mojo, October 2000), and Japan (Amazon.co.jp, October 2000). In 2003, Random House Mondadori brought out a Spanish-language edition in Latin America. The book received extensive coverage and was excerpted in such publications as Proceso, La Jornada, El Universal, Reforma, Semana, Gatopardo, Soho, El Heraldo, El Mercurio, La Tercera, Las Últimas Noticias, and The Clinic. Nowhere Man appeared on bestseller lists in Mexico and Colombia.
The other foreign editions were published by DHC (Japan, 2000), Fusion Press (UK, 2000), Hannibal (Germany, 2001). and Coniglio (Italy 2011).
- “Nowhereman. Los últimos días de John Lennon”, de Robert Rosen Archived May 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "Nowhere man es la historia de un John Lennon atormentado: Rosen" Archived February 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Presentan en libro la parte humana de John Lennon" Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "Cómo es trabajar con John Lennon"
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- "John Lennon en letras" Archived December 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine