Pressetext: For the first time, JOHN LENNON – 1980 PLAYLIST examines the music this legendarily figure was listening to in the year of his creative rebirth, and how that music impacted his life. Reggae, new wave, blues, country, R & B, early rock and roll, ambient and gospel; John listened to it all and loved it all. Readers will learn: • What John thought about punk bands like the Clash and the new wave music so popular in 1980. • That John’s eclectic musical taste made him an unlikely fan of Bing Crosby, Noel Coward, and even Morris Albert’s schmaltz classic „Feelings“. • How Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley each inspired John to write a new song of his own in 1980. • How songs by Queen and the B-52s inspired John to re-enter the recording studio for the first time in five years. • The little known event that spurred John and Yoko to return to the studio just a couple of weeks after DOUBLE FANTASY was released. • The Doobie Brothers track that lent its title to one of John’s DOUBLE FANTASY songs. • The rock, disco, funk, country, and pop songs John was listening to that year. JOHN LENNON – 1980 PLAYLIST examines the music of an incredibly diverse list of artists that provided the soundtrack to John’s final year including David Bowie, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, Jermaine Jackson, the Knack, Kate Bush, Devo, B.B. King, Yoko Ono, Elvis Costello, the Vapors, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Christopher Cross, Olivia Newton-John and the Cars, to name but a few. In JOHN LENNON – 1980 PLAYLIST readers will learn not only what John had to say about these artists, but how their music resonated in John’s life, sometimes even influencing crucial decisions he made that year. All of this is placed in the context of the time, the turbulent year of 1980. Even the most jaded Beatlemaniacs will discover new information and insights in JOHN LENNON – 1980 PLAYLIST!