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John Lennon:

John Lennon: "Imagine"

by Jeff Burlingame

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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
The Beatles are the most recognized musical group on Earth. John Lennon, one of the founding members of the group, was one of the more famous members of the band and a pivotal figure in the legend of the Beatles. Lennon's life is presented with no apologizes by Burlingame in this unauthorized biography. The bulk of the text is centered on Lennon's early life, highlighting his difficult childhood and the trouble he faced finding an outlet for his creative personality. Lennon's life is inextricably entwined with the Beatles, yet Burlingame manages to focus on Lennon's life beyond the Beatles while still emphasizing the impact that being a part of the Beatles had on his life. The decade of Lennon's life after the breakup of the Beatles, including drug use and the work Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono did to advocate for peace, are presented in a no-nonsense style. Images of Lennon, along with the most important people in his life, are peppered throughout the text and add depth to this brief look at Lennon's life, which is part of the "American Rebels" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—It may seem like a stretch to include Lennon in a series called "American Rebels," but he was a permanent resident of the United States from 1976 until his death in 1980. This attractive biography includes sidebars, wide margins, large type, and many photographs throughout. Burlingame maintains readers' interest by writing in a style that is similar to People magazine. Jacqueline Edmondson's John Lennon: A Biography (Greenwood, 2010) reads like an annotated chronology of his life, often described month by month, but rarely illuminates the man's personality or his music. Imagine highlights Lennon's inherited musical talent, creative skills at writing lyrics, and his early place in the musical scene in his hometown, Liverpool. Even though he was drawn into the drug scene and had marital problems, these issues take a backseat to contributions by individuals such as Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, who early on recognized their talent and set up concerts in England, Germany, and the United States. Readers learn of the screaming female fans, the band reaching the Top Ten record charts, and recognition that they were the most famous performers in the world. The worldwide reaction to Lennon's murder attests to the love and enduring appreciation for his music.—Peggy Fleming, formerly at Churchville-Chili High School, Churchville, NY

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
American Rebels Series
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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