From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–Ten chapters, one devoted to each decade, contain brief overviews of major social, political, and musical events, followed by entries, from 1 to 4 pages long, on 15 representative songs. The lyrics are not included. Although each entry ends with information on where printed and recorded versions of the song can be found, students will have difficulty locating some of them. An extensive bibliography is included, but specific sources of particular facts are not noted. Some of the writing is confusing or unclear, as in this sentence: "More than 1 million people attended the celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth in New York City at which Booker T. Washington was the keynote speaker…." Some entries have very little to say about the song under consideration. "Heartbreak Hotel" gives a synopsis of Elvis Presley's life and career, but says almost nothing about the lyrics or the composers. The list of research centers is heavily slanted toward one region of the U.S., listing two centers in Tennessee, one in Alabama, two in New Orleans, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The idea of following the history of the 20th century through its most significant music is a fascinating one; unfortunately, this book does not live up to the promise of the concept.–Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA
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?[W]ill serve as a reference for less advanced readers and as a supplementary resource for reviewing popular music history for scholars....All levels.?-Choice