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The Vulnerable Beatle: John Lennon's Narrative-like Solo Catalog Tailor-made for Digital Delivery

Mark Kemp, Paste, October 2007

ONE OF THE MORE telling songs in John Lennon's solo catalog is the tender 'Look at Me.' Not the well-scrubbed version on his first album, but the unvarnished take on 1998's Anthology, his posthumous 94-track box set of demos, outtakes and other unreleased gems. "Look at me," he sings in a vulnerable rasp over the buzz and twang of acoustic guitar, "who am I supposed to be?" At one point, he even begs, "Please look at me." And finally, Lennon – the soul of the Beatles, the musical hero of the ‘60s peace movement, the voice of a generation – asks the most basic human question: "Who am I?" He answers resignedly, "Nobody knows but me."

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