I apologize for not keeping the site up to date, but it has only been neglected due to the demands of researching and writing the books themselves. A brief summary of my recent Lennonology-related activities follows…
This past November, I spent two weeks on the road and traveled to Los Angeles, Denver, Baltimore, Boston and Chicago visiting collectors and scouting locations. There are just some things that aren't going to appear on YouTube. I didn't believe that some of these recordings existed, and I look forward to the reveal.
Keeping an eye on the visual aspects of the series, I have been securing permissions to use photos, many of which are previously unpublished and worth their proverbial thousand words. The "production" folder is beginning to bulge with photographs of a number of obscure artifacts and events, guaranteeing that the Lennonology series will be fully illustrated, unlike its predecessor.
I've also been able to squeeze in a few interviews, although not as many as I would have liked. In addition, each individual usually suggests a number of other potential sources, making the process a never-ending task. There are hundreds of folks with first-hand recollections, but I will have to draw the line at some point.
Much of the fall and Christmas holidays were spent trawling through a monstrous pile of unpublished documentation, and collating information. Filtering fact from fiction and distilling the results was more of a challenge than I expected.
Anyone that has followed my Facebook page knows how I spent my January. The Nagra reels are a wonderful resource, and listening to them in sequence offered many insights, yet required a great investment in time.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to spend much time analyzing audio, which is where my true interest lies. I suppose that I'm saving the best for last, which will also guarantee that the collector's guide will be as current as possible.
Finally, a number of associates have been diligently tracking down magazines and newspapers, and have turned up a number of wonderful articles containing interviews, advertisements and other fantastic surprises that may have gone undiscovered, possibly forever, if it were not for their efforts.
I guess that's all for now, I'll keep things short so that I can get back to it.
Lennonology: An Introduction (January 2011)