Rolling Stone magazine is about to lower a boom on Albert Goldman, whose wildly controversial new bio, "Lives of John Lennon," depicts the former Beatle/enduring pop hero as anorexic, bisexual, drug-addicted, paranoid, near-psychotic and whatever.
The article, in the issue that's due on racks Oct. 4, features a scalding dissection of the Goldman opus by Stone writers David Fricke and Jeffrey Ressner that "reveals innumerable inaccuracies, fallacies and distortions," Ressner told us.
Headlined "Lennon Imagined," the piece is based on interviews with such Lennon intimates as wife Yoko Ono, former girlfriend May Pang, pal and fellow musician Harry Nilsson and Lennon's first wife, Cynthia Lennon, to name a few. Many objected to the "sinister spin" that Goldman gave his book, Ressner asserted.
The article also reveals that two of Goldman's key sources for much of his unflattering material have "major axes to grind" with Ono and the Lennon estate--axes not mentioned by Goldman in his book.