John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth
Title: John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth
Author: Elizabeth Partridge
An award-winning biographer paints a vivid picture of John Lennon’s life, from his tumultuous childhood in London to his rock-n-roll career writing, recording, and performing music with the Beatles, revealing how he struggled to come to terms with fame, marriage, and his artistic mind.
Lexile Level: 1010
Guided Reading Level: NR
February 7, 1964, the Beatles landed in New York — and nothing was ever the same for rock’n’roll.
Together, John, Paul, George, and Ringo were electrifying, funny, British, and so different. Each of the Beatles projected a strong individual identity, but John’s persona especially captivated fans, who picked up on his uniquely introspective, dark, and bluesy approach to music — and to life.
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 over 140 striking black-and-white photographs spanning his entire life, John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth is the unforgettable story of one of rock’s biggest legends.