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Rock 'n' roll
Brunning, Bob.
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Publication Information:
New York : Peter Bedrick Books, 1999.

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm.
Highlights the influence of some well-known personalities in the early history of rock music, including Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and Little Richard.
General Note:
Includes index.
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ML3929 .B78 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ML3929 .B78 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Sound Trackers is a series of books that documents the greats of popular music over the last 50 years. From bill Haley to the Beatles, pink Floyd to police, it looks at their lives, their music, their careers and at their fans, the teenagers, their fashions and how they spent their time. Since the '50s popular music has had a tremendous impact on modern culture, not only on the young, but throughout society. These books explore how.

Rock 'n' Roll charts the greats of the '50s when, despite prejudice, essentially "black" music became the required sound for a generation and teenagers, for the first time, established an identity all their own.

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Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-These slim volumes have the same format: one or two page encyclopedialike entries with four or five paragraphs of text for 12 to 14 artists. The entries are arranged alphabetically, and thus give no sense of the historical context of the musician's work. They do, however, move along with the breathless pace of a press release. Some of the artists covered in Reggae are a bit obscure, although major figures such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and UB40 are included. Those in Rock 'n' Roll are all recognizable figures from the early days of rock, such as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and Elvis. Brunning even includes evaluative comments, showing a definite point of view, which is unusual in books of this type. A CD icon gives the titles and dates of important albums released by the artist, but neglects to include the record label. Sidebars offer additional information. Serviceable black-and-white and color photographs appear in both volumes. Readers interested in the evolution of reggae would find Sean Dolan's Bob Marley (Chelsea, 1996) much more enlightening, and those looking for an overview of rock 'n' roll would be better served by David Shirley's The History of Rock and Roll (Watts, 1997).-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.