well, part of the problem with john will always be, that when it comes to the latter years, you have the acidic breakup, the scorching songs off p.o.b. and a few others...and then it's a downhill slide. it begins, again, with a fantasy of starting over, and great promise, but ends too swiftly, too tragically.
and, unfortunately, in the midst of all of that is the presence of yoko...and his abandonment of julian. to some extent, that's not a pretty picture.
so much of johns latter work, from the last few years w/the beatles, but esp. into the solo stuff is so caustic.
then, he just disappeared..
yea, we all love it. you got to if you're slightly intelligent, right ?
but it's hard to "celebrate" that pain.
i happen to think, and this may be blasphemous to some, but john needed the paul 'sounding board/b.s. meter' just as much, maybe even more, than the other way around. whoever said the best writing for john was in the beatle years was close to very much being right. without the others to keep him somewhat grounded, he became too overinsulated from reality. i think he was getting back there (to reality) with his hiatus. and i think he achieved it with Double Fantasy.