Come Together: John Lennon in His Time

“Stands out as one of the few [books] that doesn’t want to deify, dish the dirt or otherwise exploit the slain former Beatle.” — Stephen Holden, New York Times Book Review.

“When history professor Jon Wiener made a Freedom of Information request to the federal government for the late John Lennon’s file, he could hardly have hoped for a richer payoff.” — Time magazine.

“By setting Lennon squarely within his era, Wiener’s study is exemplary.  Lennon does not appear ‘larger than life,’ but rather as passionately involved in it.” — Michael S. Kimmel, Newsday.

“A sympathetic documentary history of Lennon’s political thinking (which went through many phases), Come Together says that during the counterculture’s flowering, rock music, had real clout in the American political arena. Certainly some government officials thought so, or they wouldn’t have initiated deportation proceedings after Lennon aligned himself with the activist left. Jon Wiener . . . obtained twenty-six pounds of FBI and Immigration and Naturalization Service files on Lennon under the Freedom of Information Act, and there is some grim humor in his chapter about this material.”–Stephen Holden, New York Times Book Review

Paperback available from and Univ. of Illinois Press