Sunday, October 4, 2009

John Lennon's Musical Twin

Hammett gave me an interesting teaser for his novel’s plot as we discussed John Lennon.

“I had always read a lot about Lennon, but in no biography did I find a description of the stunning resemblance between John Lennon and another twentieth century musical icon. It’s almost inconceivable that no one has ever pointed out the similarity between Lennon and this figure, who I won’t name in order to prevent providing a spoiler. Suffice it to say that Lennon and this iconic figure shared the guitar, drawing, poetry, pseudonyms, a troubled childhood, womanizing, political activism, and an outspoken quality in their rhetoric. Even the two figures’ mothers were similar in that both suffered from some form of mental instability and died when their sons were seventeen. The relationship between the two men is an essential part of the plot of John Lennon and the Mercy Street Café.”

My curiosity stayed piqued. Finding undiscovered relationships between people or places is often an important aspect of the allure of cult fiction.

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