Review: John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth by Elizabeth Partridge

alliAll John Winston Ono Lennon wanted was the truth and that’s what Elizabeth Partridge tries to deliver. She doesn’t shy away from the ugly aspects of Lennon’s life and character, but she doesn’t neglect his triumphs and virtues. This compelling biography paints Lennon as a paradox–someone who publicly advocates peace and privately beats his wife, someone who is fiercely independent and shockingly needy. He is the dark, the edge, the grit of The Beatles. Partridge unfolds his troublesome childhood, his hotheaded adolescence, his experience with Beatlemania, his relationship with Yoko Ono, and his move into politics. Yet throughout each distinct stage of Lennon’s life, Partridge shows how Lennon was always a man struggling to find an identity, and striving to be loved.

John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth is interspersed with amazing photos, and brilliant (often filthy) quotes from Lennon and the important people of his life. Partridge’s research relied most heavily on the memoirs of those who remembered Lennon as well as some personal interviews. The complexities and realities of Lennon’s life (including drugs, death, and foul-language) lends his biography to an older teen audience.

Beatles and Lennon fans rejoice and read this book!

5/5 Stars

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