Nowhere Man – The Final Days of John Lennon – 15th Anniversary Edition ( English Interview )

By Numero9 On octubre 9th, 2015

Robert Rosen author of Nowhere Man – The Final Days Of John Lennon has wanted to share with 10, Mathew Street the presentation of the 15th Anniversary Edition of the book coinciding with Lennon’s 75 Anniversary birthday on Octuber 9, in e.book format and new added content.

So nice as always Robert Rosen has answered a few questions for us. Thank you very much Robert, again.


NOWHERE MAN – THE FINAL DAYS OF JOHN LENNON
– 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION -

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10, MATHEW STREET.- HI, ROBERT. WELCOME. NICE TO MEET YOU, AGAIN.

ROBERT ROSEN.- It’s been too long since I’ve been to Spain. I’d love to meet you in person.

10,MS.- Same here.

10,MS.- THE BIG QUESTION: WHY THIS NEW EDITION OF NOWHERE MAN – THE FINAL DAYS OF JOHN LENNON ?

RR.- The book’s been out for 15 years and there’s never been an e-book edition. In that time, Nowhere Man has been pirated to death. At the least, I want to give people an alternative to downloading pirated editions. (If you’ve already bought the print edition through Amazon U.S., you can download the e-book for 99 cents.)

I’ve updated the e-book with a new intro, “(Just Like) Starting Over,” which talks about all the changes that have taken place in the world and with me since 2000, when Soft Skull Press published the first edition. It addresses some of the criticism I’ve received. There are details in the e-book, like Lennon’s dream about Barbara Walters, that I couldn’t include in earlier editions. And for some of the bonus chapters, I’ve included the original English versions of articles I wrote about Lennon for Proceso, the Mexico City newsweekly. One of them talks about the conspiracy theories surrounding John’s murder.

10,MS.- AFTER ALL THESE YEARS SINCE THE FIRST RELEASE, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TOLD YOU ALL YOU SAY IN THE BOOK IS A LIE ?

RR.- The reviews of Nowhere Man over the years have been overwhelmingly positive. To get a sense of them, look at the Lennon page on my Website* or on Amazon. But there is a vocal minority, hard to say how many, who call the book a pack of lies. Most of them, of course, haven’t read Nowhere Man. They’re just echoing what they’ve heard other people say.

10,MS.- LENNON’S DEATH CONSPIRACY …. LENNON IS NOT DEAD …. LENNON HAS BEEN SEEN IN ( wherever ) …. JOHN LENNON FAKED HIS DEATH …. ROBERT, WHAT DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU HEAR OR READ ABOUT ALL THIS ? … DO YOU THINK JOHN LENNON COULD HAVE FAKED HIS DEATH ?

RR.- No, John didn’t fake his death. It’s absurd. When I hear things like this, I ignore them. It’s no different than the people who say I’m the CIA spymaster who ordered a “hit” on Lennon.

10,MS.- I’M GOING TO ASK YOU A VIRAL QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK LENNON WOULD DO ON PRESENT DAYS IF HE WERE ALIVE ?

RR.- He’d probably be relaxing at his house in Long Island, enjoying the beautiful autumn weather, eating a good organic meal, and marvelling at the fact that he’s turning 75 and Sean is turning 40 (which to me sounds even stranger than Lennon turning 75).

10,MS.- DOES YOKO ONO EVER ASK YOU FOR A COPY OF THE BOOK ?

RR.- Yoko Ono has had her “people” read the book, but she’s never asked me for a copy. My “people” have not communicated with her people since 2002. I’ve been at peace with Yoko. She seems to have quietly accepted what I’ve done.

10,MS.- WHAT ARE YOUR MEMORIES FROM THOSE EARLY DAYS OF NOWHERE MAN FIRST RELEASE ?

RR.- My God, it was stressful. After 18 years, the book was finally being published, and who knew what was going to happen. Then there was this media explosion—everybody was talking about Nowhere Man. Then the book started to sell and it was translated into all these different languages and it changed my life. I was able to drop out of the workforce for 14 years and be a fulltime writer. For that, I’m ever grateful to John.

10,MS.- WHEN WILL BE RELEASE THE SPANISH EDITION OF THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION ?

RR.- I’m working on it. Hope to have one out by next year, but I can’t promise.

10,MS.- ROBERT, DID YOU WRITE ALL ABOUT THOSE DIARIES OR THERE IS A LAST CHAPTER TO BE WRITTEN ?

RR.- There are still a lot of things in John’s diaries that I haven’t been able to write about. But it’ll all come out eventually. It has to.

10,MS.- THANK YOU VERY MUCH. A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE IN 10, MATHEW STREET, AGAIN.

RR.- Next year in Madrid, I hope!

10, MS.- I take your Word.

* Robert Rosen Official Website address is in our Blog LINKS site.

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