A deeply personal memoir of time spent with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Cott's account begins with his first meeting of the world-famous couple in their basement flat in London, as a graduate student on a Fulbright where he was also serving as the "London editor" of a small rock magazine named Rolling Stone. The next day he was invited by Lennon to watch the recording of "Glass Onion" and "Birthday" at Abbey Road Studios. A connection was formed that lasted until Lennon's death - with Cott formally interviewing him again days before he was killed. Cott has also remained close friends with Yoko One. It is a fascinating and intimate reminiscence filled with Cott's insights as a cultural critic and journalist along with portions of the 1968 and 1980 interviews which will be transcribed within our book for the first time.
Jonathan Cott is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and has written for the The New York Times and The New Yorker. He is the author of more than sixteen books including Dylan (a biography), Conversations with Glenn Gould, Stockhausen: Conversations with the Composer, and Back to a Shadow in the Night: Music Writings and Interviews - 1968-2001 and is the co-editor of The Ballad of John and Yoko. He lives in New York City.