Synopses & Reviews
This lyrical biography explores the life and art of Yoko Ono, from her childhood haiku to her avant-garde visual art and experimental music. An outcast throughout most of her life, and misunderstood by every group she was supposed to belong to, Yoko always followed her own unique vision to create art that was ahead of its time and would later be celebrated. Her focus remained on being an artist, even when the rest of world saw her only as the wife of John Lennon.
Yoko Onos moving story will inspire any young adult who has ever felt like an outsider, or who is developing or questioning ideas about being an artist, to follow their dreams and find beauty in all that surrounds them.
Praise for Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies
"Clean text space, delicate but legible font, and scads of photographic portraiture and art piece reproductions of excellent clarity contribute to an overall book design worthy of its subject."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"A detailed portrait of a complex woman who for several reasons has a significant place in our cultural history. Even rabid fans of Lennon or the 1960s will find new information and angles in this searching study."
"This beautifully produced, comprehensive, and highly sympathetic biography of the artist covers her entire life, reporting her influences and her accomplishments, and bringing her out from behind the shadow of her famous husband."
School Library Journal
"This is handsomely designed and generously illustrated; it is also well researched and filled with intriguing details. Theres not a lot for young people about Ono. They will find this a good starting place."
2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List
"As she did for Woody Guthrie in This Land Was Made for You and Me, Partridge here presents a captivating portrait of a legendary musician, tracing Lennon's life from his birth in 1940 during a German air raid on Liverpool to his murder in Manhattan 40 years later. Drawing from more than 50 published sources, this well-researched photobiography includes copious quotations from Lennon and his colleagues. Their words range from eloquent to profane; paired with Partridge's crisp reporting, the quotes offer a spontaneous and incisive look at Lennon's life. 'I just see and hear differently from other people.... And there is no way of explaining it,' Lennon once said. The author indeed reveals the many ways in which this talented singer and songwriter was a visionary; his gift both tormented him and raised him to a pinnacle of musical creativity. At times, the narrative suggests a level of intimacy that readers might question (e.g., when Cynthia, who would become John's first wife, tells him she is pregnant: 'She watched, her heart pounding in her chest, as he looked at her, speechless, his eyes panic-stricken'), but the well-known milestones are documented in detail his discovery of rock 'n' roll, the formation of The Beatles and his experimentation with drugs. The book also covers his relationship with Yoko Ono, their immersion in politics and peace activism, as well as the complex rapport and eventually fatal tensions between members of the Beatles. The book's 140-plus photos effectively augment the narrative and help Partridge deliver what John craved: the truth. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Partridge takes on another complex, prolific musical genius. The book design is drop-dead gorgeous…The chronological organization not only clarifies stages in Lennon’s life but also slips a little history to unsuspecting teenagers as they get past the mask of an iconic popular star." -The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
Partridge chronicles the emotional highs and paralyzing lows John Lennon transformed into brilliant, evocative songs. With photos spanning his entire life, this is the unforgettable biography of one of rock's biggest legends.
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.
About the Author
Nell Beram is an editor and reviewer and a former columnist for the Horn Book. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky is a visual artist, arts writer, and playwright who published an article about Yoko Ono in Art New England. She lives in New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts.