John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth : a Photographic Biography

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Penguin, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 232 pages
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Winner of the Printz Honor

Award-winning biographer Elizabeth Partridge dives into Lennon's life from the night he was born in 1940 during a World War II air raid on Liverpool, deftly taking us through his turbulent childhood and his rebellious rock'n'roll teens to his celebrated life writing, recording, and performing music with the Beatles. She sheds light on the years after the Beatles, with Yoko Ono, as he struggled to make sense of his own artistic life--one that had turned from youthful angst to suffocating fame in almost a split second.

Partridge chronicles the emotional highs and paralyzing lows Lennon transformed into brilliant, evocative songs. With striking black-andwhite photographs spanning his entire life, John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth is the unforgettable story of one of rock's biggest legends.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

"The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a living out of it." Despite his aunt's admonition, learning to make a living out of his guitar was the theme of John Lennon's life, and ... Read full review

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An uncomplicated story of a very complicated man pared down into pictures and essential information. Read full review

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Elizabeth Partridge ( is a National Book Award finalist and author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange;This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie; and Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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