Children's LiteratureThe life and music of John Lennon is explored in this biography from Edge Books' Rock Music Library. Chapter One, "Rock and Roll," summarizes Lennon's interest in music, from the time he first heard Elvis Presley on the radio, to forming the Beatles, and to his death in 1980. Chapter Two, "A Young Talent," describes Lennon's childhood and how he met the other members of what would become the Beatles. Chapter Three, "The Beatles and Beyond," explains the Beatles' climb to fame, the difficulties the band encountered from drug use and Lennon's marriage to Yoko Ono, and the direction Lennon took after the Beatles broke up. Chapter Four, "John's Influence," describes the aftermath of Lennon's death and the influence the Beatles had on modern bands like Oasis. Each chapter has a "Learn About" list that summarizes the major topics covered. Numerous color photographs, a glossary, and a bibliography of both books and Internet sites are also included in this well-organized biography. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 9 up.
Amie Rose Rotruck