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Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World Hardcover – October 8, 2013


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This title has been selected as an Editors' Pick for the Best Books of the Month: Nonficton Children's Books, October 2013. See more of our Editors' Picks.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books; Har/Com edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770495711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770495715
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 12 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Wow. Just wow! This book is big in every way. Robertson, best known as a member of the Band, and his cowriters introduce the heavyweights of popular music to a new generation. Incredible thought has been put into this oversize offering, from selection of the artists to the eye-popping design and even to the quality of the paper. CDs of the artists’ music are included, something books about musicians often miss. The book’s art is hard to resist. Big, bold graphic portraits begin every section. A variety of illustrators have provided the pictures, and each one is so memorable you want to rip it out and frame it. (Don’t do that.) Chuck Berry duckwalks on a checkerboard. Aretha sings her heart out at the piano. In a graphite image, more like a photo than a drawing, a young, beautiful Elvis, guitar in hand, eyes the reader. In a book so visually appealing, it’s a treat that the words grab as much as the pictures. Though each artist gets just a two-page spread, there’s such well-chosen personal and professional information, young people will come away with an understanding of each person’s evolution. All of the material feels fresh, and with back matter aplenty, there are lots of ways that this could be used in schools—or kids could just kick back, read, and listen. Grades 6-12. --Ilene Cooper

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  “Wow, just wow! This book is big in every way…. The book’s art is hard to resist … it’s a treat that the words grab as much as the pictures.”
—Starred Review, Booklist

“Art, factoids and personal reflections introduce 27 carefully selected and thoughtfully presented musicians. . . . Each profile opens with a two-page spread of stunning original artwork and a recollection from lead author Robertson . . . the conversational tone of the writing and visually alluring layout will quickly capture the attention. . . . A compelling introduction to the ancestors of modern popular music.”
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The illustrations and the overall design are stunning.
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The book was aimed toward the new generation who may have missed out on the total wonder of growing up with the artists presented within this beautiful book.
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This book is beautiful and great resource for teaching your child about the roots and history of rock and roll and popular music.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By David Matthews on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Wow. A truly beautiful creation. As a long time, (40year old) admirer of most of the artists in this book I was able to get an even deeper insight and learn things about them that I had never known before. The illustrations and the overall design are stunning. And just when I thought it couldn't get any better there are two CD's with 27 songs by all the featured artists in the book. I plan on re-discovering one artist a week with my 8year old son. I've pored over the amazon page closely and don't see a track listing so for those who are curious this is the breakdown.

Disc 1
1.) Chuck Berry - "Johnny B. Goode"
2.) Johnny Cash - "Get Rhythm"
3.) Aretha Franklin - "I Say a Little Prayer"
4.) The Beatles - "Here Comes the Sun"
5.) Louis Armstrong - "What a Wonderful World"
6.) Bob Marley - Three Little Birds"
7.) Buddy Holly - "Peggy Sue"
8.) Joni Mitchell - "The Circle Game"
9.) Ray Charles & The Raelettes - "Hit the Road Jack"
10.) Elvis Presley - "Hound Dog"
11.) Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions - "People Get Ready"
12.) Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra - "let's Call the whole Thing Off"

Disc 2
1.) Little Richard - "Lucille"
2.) Hank Williams - "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"
3.) Frank Sinatra - "Fly Me To the Moon"
4.) Marvin Gaye - "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
5.) Carole King - "So Far Away"
6.) Sam Cooke - "Wonderful World"
7.) Louis Jordan - "Caldonia"
8.) The Beach Boys - "In My Room"
9.) Ella Fitzgerald - "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
10.) James Brown - "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
11.) Patsy Cline - "Crazy"
12.) Otis Redding - "That's How Strong My Love Is"
13.) Nat King Cole - "It's Only a Paper Moon"
14.) Stevie Wonder - "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
15.) Bob Dylan - "Forever Young"
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Melody Harding on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I can't rave enough about this book. From the thought behind it, to the writing, the artwork...the music included... Fantastic. Such a great team of authors and artists behind it, to boot. It may be marketed towards kids and youth, but it is definitely an education for many of us "grown ups" as well. Can't praise it enough.

Buy it for your little ones, for YOURSELF, for your children's classroom and/or library, for gifts...I can't wait for the additional volumes that I hope and pray are in the works. ;) For now I'll be pouring over the lush pages again and again, all while relishing in the well thought out compilation of accompanying tunes.

Thanks for this, gents - keep 'em comin'! :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By metaphor56 on October 10, 2013
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Regardless of age, this book would have been great for just the artists' profiles (written so that children might be introduced to these great artists). Each artist has a full-page portrait, original art done by remarkable artists and suitable for framing (I can imagine postcards and posters to accompany -- I'd purchase them.) The book is large-format and the printing quality is first-rate. Eye-popping. The fact that you also get two CDs with essential cuts from each artist makes this the book of the year -- perhaps the book of the decade. The CDs are worth the purchase price alone. I hope a volume 2 is in the works!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pat Gareth on October 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World
Legends, Rebels & Icons is a visually stunning glimpse at 27 artists who created and impacted modern music. It is a children's coffee table book for ages 9-99 covering a portion of the history of modern music with 2 CDs of music added in to augment the multi-layered visuals and rich text written by Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson and Jared Levine. All four of the authors have strong links to the music industry and at times, personal connections to the content with deep, insights into the twenty-seven biographies. They are music industry insiders and not simply biographers, who have a knowledge of and passion for music and the content of this book. This is a work that is designed to lead children especially into the history of modern music through 2 page summaries of artists' career highlights with 2 pages of illustrations that are rich, varied, multi-layered, and meaningful. It is a winner on so many levels!

As an educator, I would use Legends, Rebels & Icons as a resource when teaching modern music history, media studies, visual art as well as the writing of biographies in English. There are so much useful examples on many levels of appreciation in this beautiful volume of work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Genna M on October 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for a beautiful representation of music history that is palatable to my children for a long time. Even if I didn't have children I would purchase this book for myself and my husband because not only do you get sweet gems of music history, you get the most awesome and unique illustrations. In addition, you get two CD's with the accompanying music - all of which any music lover would love. It's not just for the music lover though. It's also for those who want to be easily acclimated to some of the music greats of all time. It's no surprise that this list of writers would do a supreme job considering their background, but at least for me, it surpassed expectation. LOVE IT!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Meridith H. Bjork on October 31, 2013
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What a fabulous book! It's a coffee table edition with enclosed CDs of the remastered recordings, wonderful drawings and the editorial info/historical data about the artists is insightful and complete. Robbie Robertson and his son have done their homework, for sure. What a perfect gift for the holiday season ahead, especially for all music fans of any generation.
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