christine~ (eppylover) wrote,

For those of you who actually believe Giuliano is for real...


Harry Nilsson Web Page
Harry Nilsson - Lennon in America

by Alex Constantine

In Lennon in America, author Geoffrey Giuliano makes many sensational claims about John Lennon. Giuliano claims that his primary source was a copy of John Lennon's diaries given to the author by Harry Nilsson.

I never met Harry Nilsson, but as a fan who has spent many years maintaining the Harry Nilsson web pages, I find it hard to believe that Harry Nilsson would have betrayed his friend by giving Giuliano anything that would harm the memory of John Lennon.

An article titled "Lennon, Imagined" published in the Buffalo News on May 28, 2000, supports my belief. The article reminds us that Harry Nilsson was very talkative, yet never mentioned to anyone that he had copies of - or even had read any of - the Lennon diaries. Nor did Una, Harry's wife, find them among his possesions after his death in 1994.

A. Lee Blackman, Nilsson's attorney and close friend, is quoted as saying "Harry's going to give Giuliano copies when he doesn't tell any of us?"

"Harry was not going to betray a friend," Blackman added.

The Buffalo News article also questions whether the diaries even contained anything sensational. Major portions of the diaries and other references supplied by Giuliano and reviewed by a Buffalo News reporter revealed only mundane information. The reporter found that the diaries contained little to support Giuliano's wildest claims and actually refuted some of them.

Bob Rosen, who transcribed the original, handwritten journals, said of Giuliano's book, "I see little bits and pieces, pretty mundane stuff, that might have come from the diaries. The sensational things, I don't know where he got them from. I'm assuming he made it up, because I've never seen anything like that."

When questioned about the book's credibility, Giuliano replied "I'm clean as a whistle in the way I put the book together. '60 Minutes' couldn't have done it better.

"What is it that I don't have?" he continued, "People worship me. I sit on a throne. I'm famous. Why would I want to perpetrate fraud on anyone?²

Northern New Jersey Record April 23, 2000 Summary: In the two decades since John Lennon was shot dead on a Manhattan sidewalk, the diaries he wrote during his last years have stood as one of pop music's most closely guarded secrets.

The threat of litigation has shadowed anyone who wanted to quote the diaries in print, and a former employee of Lennon's was prosecuted and found guilty of grand larceny for stealing them.

That history, however, doesn't daunt Geoffrey Giuliano. In the coming weeks, the celebrity biographer plans to release "Lennon in America," a highly critical, luridly detailed account of the ex-Beatle's life from 1971 to 1980.

The book, he says, is based on years of research and interviews; but what's most eye-catching about this 270-page tome is its subtitle: "Based in Part on the Lost Lennon Diaries."

[NOTE: The Lennon diaries are lost to history and useless to historians. The contents are forgeries, in part, altered while illicitly in the possession of Fred Seaman and collaborators, including Lennon "biographer" Bob Rosen. AC]


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