Music historian and journalist Tim Rileys biography challenges many popular assumptions about Lennons life, from his widely misunderstood Working Class Hero origins to his epic romance with Yoko Ono. Riley also explores Lennon in all his contradictions: the misogynist turned peace activist, the moralist who loved to outrage and the bigger than Christ LSD enthusiast who settled down to become a house-husband. A pre-eminent scholar of Beatles music, Riley has consulted some of the most important Beatles scholarship of the past two decades. In a field littered with untrustworthy memoirs, he has culled the most reliable information from hundreds of books, and tracked down even more insightful sources among Lennons friends, enemies, confidantes, celebrity associates and business contacts. He also writes brilliantly about the music and about Lennons artistic and creative processes.