John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth, A Photographic Biography by Elizabeth Partridge

Bibliographic Citation: Partridge, Elizabeth. John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth, A Photographic Biography. New York: Viking, 2005. 232p. ISBN: 9780670059546.

Awards/Selection Lists:

School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2005

Author’s Website:


This photographic biography thoughtfully examines the life of the legendary John Lennon, from his birth during a World War II air raid to his tragic death 40 years later.

Personal Reaction:

Elizabeth Partridge’s John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth, A Photographic Biography examines the life of one of rock and roll’s greatest legends, John Lennon. Beginning with his troubled adolescence in Liverpool, Partridge follows Lennon as he discovers his passion for music, starts a band, and eventually finds fame as a member of England’s biggest rock band, the Beatles. Beatlemania soon follows, as does Lennon’s controversial relationship with Yoko Ono, and eventually his tragic death at the hands of a “confused” fan.

A lifelong fan of the Beatles, I’d discovered their music through my parents. Before reading Partridge’s book, however, I knew little about the men behind the music. Exposing Lennon as a complex human being, rather than just a rock legend, Partridge also unmasks his many flaws. Though this is often disappointing to readers and fans, it lends authority to Partridge as a biographer. Her commitment to accurately representing her subject is evident in her meticulous research. In John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth, Elizabeth Partridge delivers a beautifully honest biography of John Lennon for young adults that does its title justice.

Front Matter:

Dedication page, TOC, Introduction

Back Matter:

Afterword, Source Notes, Bibliography, Index, Acknowledgements, Permissions, Photograph Credits


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