Robert Rosen books in order
Robert Rosen is an American author of the international bestseller "Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon" and the investigative memoir "Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography."
Born in Brooklyn, he attended Erasmus Hall High School and the City College of New York, where he studied creative writing with Joseph Heller and Francine du Plessix Gray.
Rosen has previously edited pornographic magazines and an underground newspaper, and written speeches for the Secretary of the Air Force.
A recipient of a Hugo Boss poetry prize, he currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, Mary Lyn Maiscott—a writer, editor, and singer. Together, they do freelance editorial work for Vanity Fair magazine.
Genres: Biographies, Non-fiction
- Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon (2000)
- Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography (2011)
- Bobby In Naziland: A Tale of Flatbush (2019)
Detailed book overview
Nowhere Man is a touching and truthful story of John Lennon; with shocking details about the ex-Beatle that can’t be found in any of his approximately 400 biographies currently in print.
It tells of Lennon’s personal journey during his last years, taking us through his self-inflicted seclusion to his return into the limelight with the making of Double Fantasy.
Translated into six languages and ranked among the "10 essential music biographies of all time" by the Spanish Web magazine iLeon, each chapter provides a deeper insight into various aspects of John Lennon's life, such as parenthood, drug abuse, religious forays, and his relationship with Yoko Ono.
This book also reveals the vulnerable, human side of the adored cultural icon, with moving accounts of Lennon’s lonely struggle to have a meaningful life in the judgmental face of fame.
Before Robert Rosen rose to prominence with his critically acclaimed biography Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon, he—for two decades—served as a publisher, copywriter, editor and photographer in the pornography industry.
Beaver Street paints a grim picture of an unusual American workplace, full of tyrants, cynics, perverts and drug addicts; one where the owners amass incredible wealth while Rosen and his colleagues sweat blood in a bid to meet the demanding nature of millions of people looking for something new to masturbate to every single week.
This book is not just another porn memoir, as it also reveals the political, technological and cultural aspects, as well as the mechanics of the porn profiteers.
Bobby is just a local kid who lives in a dilapidated apartment with his status-conscious mother and his father—a partisan soda jerk tormented by memories of the Nazi death camp he helped liberate.
To Bobby, Flatbush is a chaotic place with neighborhood "punks," Hebrew-school tales of Adolf Eichmann's brave capture, and grade-school duck-and-cover drills.
From the mid-1950s during the sunset days of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to the arrival of the Beatles in 1964, Bobby in Naziland tells of the mid-20th-century American experience of one child, and his journey through one Brooklyn neighborhood.