Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Best Seller Machine James L. Patterson Takes Full Page Ad in NY Times Announcing No News John Lennon Cash-In Book


UPDATE MONDAY 2/8/21 10:27PM This book was a bust. It’s currently number 3.,087 on amazon.


DECEMBER 9 2020 James L. Patterson is a best selling book machine. He has teams that write them, and they’re marketed like soup or Tide to gullible consumers. The books aren’t written so much as typed.

Today, Patterson– a former advertising man– has taken a full page ad out in the New York Times to announce a new “book” about John Lennon. It’s like Geraldo Rivera revealing Al Capone’s vault. Turns out Patterson knows the name of the killer and how he did it! Surprise!

The PR line is “The greatest true-crime story in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it.” But “The Last Days of John Lennon” is really by two guys from the Patterson workshop, Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. What it appears to be from a look at its Amazon entry is a clip job about the history of the Beatles.  No news here.

“The Last Days of Lennon” is a must avoid. But the full page ad? Now that’s worth reading. It’s all about Patterson: he was nearby when Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman, he was in the “grieving crowd” in front of the Dakota afterwards. He lives now in a house that’s connected by a bridge to a house John and Yoko once looked at.

He was also at Woodstock, I’m sure. And with Brian Williams in all those adventures. He also went to a Paul McCartney concert.

“Theirs was a great love story that hasn’t really been told.” Oh, no? Please.

Ka ching! I used to do my laundry in Boston at a place where John and Yoko once did theirs. There was a plaque on the wall that said so. And this was before Lennon died. I’m writing a book, too!

Save your money, kids.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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