The “official” version of John’s five-year tenure as househusband was one of domestic bliss. In reality, Lennon’s daily life at the Dakota drifted between contradictory desires and minor obsessions—all magnified by the tedium of isolation.
Nowhere Man is an intimate journey through Lennon’s last years, carrying us from his self-imposed seclusion to his re-entry into public life with the making of Double Fantasy. Rosen does not let us go until we’ve faced the abrupt and tragic fate of one of the most creative minds of our time.
Robert, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
“Nowhere Man” is an autobiographical song that John Lennon wrote when he was with the Beatles. It seemed to be both an apt description of both Lennon during his years of seclusion and his assassin.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The book is a biography of John Lennon, so of course he’s my favorite character. If I hadn’t found him so compelling and contradictory, I wouldn’t have written the book.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
If a message is to be found in Nowhere Man, it’s this: The accumulation of wealth, fame, and power will not solve your problems. If anything, they will exacerbate them.
What would/could a reader or reviewer say about your writing that shows they “get” you as an author?
After reading Nowhere Man, they saw Lennon as real person, not a rock ’n’ roll icon, and they felt closer to him.
Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“Nowhere Man is a gripping read that no Lennon fan will be able to resist.” —Nigel Williamson, The Times (London)
Where can people learn more about your writing?
On my website: http://www.robertrosennyc.com