Legends, Icons, & Rebels: Music That Changed the World

Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson, Jared Levine. Tundra, $29 (128p) ISBN 978-1-77049-571-5
Written by the Band’s Robbie Robertson, his son, and two music industry executives, this weighty tribute provides two-page biographies of 27 artists from Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan, placing each one in the context of music history. The crucial contributions of African-American musicians, both to the development of rock and roll and to the Civil Rights movement, are celebrated. “At one concert, [Sam Cooke] was told he would have to perform twice: once for a white audience and another show for an all African-American audience. Sam refused.” Unexpected connections in the family tree of music are traced, too. Jimi Hendrix started out touring with Little Richard; Merle Haggard was a convict in the audience when Johnny Cash performed in San Quentin. The first of each musician’s two spreads features a striking, album art–style painting that evokes each star’s style and genre of music (15 illustrators contribute), while the second contains the biography. Two CDs include a single hit from each musician, an impressive collection. An ideal gift for children whose parents have just discovered that they don’t know who Otis Redding is. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/23/2013
Release date: 10/08/2013
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