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The ABCs of Rock Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
The late publicist and musician Mooney lists performers and design shop Print Mafia provides grainy silkscreens in this nostalgic AC/DC to ZZ Top abecedary. With the exception of the letter W, for the White Stripes, this selection skips 21st-century acts and instead salutes '70s- and '80s-era Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, and Neil Young. Younger music lovers remain conversant with letter N's Nirvana, M's Bob Marley, and O's Ozzy Osbourne, but they forgivably might draw a blank on the punkabilly X, whose one-letter name is paired with L.A.'s iconic Hollywood sign, or the bubblegum-new-wave Go-Go's, represented by a serigraph of a ponytailed teenybopper. Print Mafia's lurid illustrations in fuchsia, electric green, and hot yellow perfectly suit letter T's Talking Heads and letter C's the Clash--borrowing straight from these bands' cover art and concert poster aesthetics; the designs imitate the DIY style of pasteup and photocopier art, with a dash of Roy Lichtenstein. Almost but not quite the size and shape of an LP, this compendium recalls the predigital era and speaks best to those who are kids at Heart (or loved the band). All ages. (Oct.)
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Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2010:
"The bewitchment of album art returns."
Review, Examiner.com, October 12, 2010:
"[A] tuneful work that promotes the arts and literacy."
Review, Nashville Scene, October 14, 2010:
"The perfect cross between language-learning primer and hipster coffee table book."
Review, Parenting, October 15, 2010:
"The artwork...will make you feel like you're in CBGB's."
Review, VenusZine.com, October 28, 2010:
"The ABCs of Rock rocks!"
Review, Good News Now, October 11, 2010:
"...has made learning the letters of the alphabet hip."
Review, Alternative Press, December 2, 2010:
"Trust us: It's educational on several different levels."
Review, The Buffalo News, December 5, 2010:
"... a glorious collection of posters ... from A is for AC/DC to Z is for ZZ Top."
Review, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, December 12, 2010:
"This book--wait for it--rocks."
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B is for David Bowie.
C is for The Clash.
D is for Bob Dylan.
E is for Elvis Costello.
F is for Fleetwood Mac.
G is for The Go-Go's.
H is for Heart.
I is for Iggy Pop.
J is for Joan Jett.
K is for Kiss.
L is for Led Zeppelin.
M is for Bob Marley.
N is for Nirvana.
O is for Ozzy Osbourne.
P is for The Police.
Q is for Queen.
R is for R.E.M.
S is for Sonic Youth.
T is for Talking Heads.
U is for U2.
V is for The Velvet Underground.
W is for The White Stripes.
X is for X.
Y is for Neil Young.
Z is for ZZ Top.
While I wouldn't have chosen some of those musicians, it is still a nice, simple picture book. It makes a decent introduction for some readers and can spark fun debate among others.
Amazon won't let me post a You Tube link to a Playlist of songs by the 26 musicians in this book. However, go to You Tube and search for "ABCs of Rock" under the FILTER TYPE "Playlists."
On you tube you'll find a 26 videos playlist of some of the most popular songs from the ABCs of Rock musicians to listen along with while reading the book.