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The book of rock stars : 24 musical icons that shine through history
Krull, Kathleen.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2003]

Physical Description:
44 pages, 4 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
An illustrated collection of mini-biographies of such rock music legends as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, and Carlos Santana.
Reading Level:
1110 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.3 1.0 82812.
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Newstead Library ML3929 .K79 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library ML3929 .K79 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Concord Library ML3929 .K79 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Grand Island Library ML3929 .K79 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Kenmore Library ML3929 .K79 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library ML3929 .K79 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
East Aurora Library ML3929 .K79 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Twenty-four of the greatest figures of rock 'n' roll are celebrated with in-depth mini-biographies and colorful accompanying block prints. Noted non-fiction writer Kathleen Krull has distilled the essence of each musician or band and brought them to life with behind-the-scenes stories, facts, and entertaining anecdotes. Acclaimed printmaker Stephen Alcorn takes up where words leave off with bold and graphic images that keep you turning the pages.

Author Notes

Kathleen Krull minored in music in college and is a longtime fan of rock and many other kinds of music
Stephen Alcorn spent his formative years in Florence, Italy There he attended the fabled Istituto Statale d'Arte

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. In prose lit with unabashed hero worship, Krull profiles 24 rock stars, from Elvis to Curt Cobain. In investigating their legends, she's occasionally evasive: Was Dylan actually hooted off the stage for going electric? Did Jim Morrison really expose himself? Still, for encapsulating rock's archetypal tales of rags to riches, spectacular flameouts, and primal music making, Krull's hard to top for energy and passion. Alcorn's full-page polychrome relief prints hark back to the psychedelic posters of the '60s, presenting Elvis as a god; Bono as, at least, a saint; Bowie as an alien (of course); and the faces of Janis and Bob Marley glowing like elementals within writhing masses of hair. Readers will not only be caught up in the swirl of one of the past century's central cultural currents but also find this an irresistible gateway to the music. Krull closes her encomium with systematic lists of recommended books, recordings, and Web sites, so readers can find out more. --John Peters Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Krull (Songs of Praise) presents a personal and affectionate paean to 21 male and three female rock legends, whom she labels "bright icons who changed the old ways and brought in the new." A spread is devoted to each of the stars (save the Beatles, who get two), introduced chronologically by birth year-from Elvis to Kurt Cobain. Krull selects some telling details (one of which recurs: Elvis wanted a bicycle for his 10th birthday, and his parents "got him a cheap guitar instead," while Cobain's uncle offered him a choice of a guitar or a bicycle for his 14th birthday, and the teen "took the cheap, secondhand guitar"). Each capsule chronicle of the musician's career faces one of Alcorn's (Let It Shine) full-page, polychrome relief-block print portraits. The author's informal narrative provides some insight into the performers' inspirations, onstage antics and professional milestones, yet a few statements are a bit silly (she writes of Ringo Starr, "with his oversized nose-you just wanted to take him home") or contrived (finding material "within himself," Bob Dylan "would toss off brilliant observations, mysterious, with multiple meanings, gems of genius to go blowing in the wind," she asserts, without lyrics to offer up as examples). Alcorn's stylized, symbol-filled portrayals of the musicians are most effective for 1960s performers such as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and reggae legend Bob Marley; his fractured portrait of Kurt Cobain is also memorable. Although this introduction is spotty, the design is enticing, and a concluding list of further reading suggestions, Web sites and landmark recordings may inspire fans to do more research. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Concise, single-page entries chronicle the accomplishments of 24 icons of the rock stage. Krull has chosen the most influential of subjects-entertainers who added elements of rhythm and harmony, innovators of instrumentation, and commentators on contemporary life. Biographical sketches, from Elvis (b. 1935) to Kurt Cobain (b. 1967), include the controversies of public and private lives without sensationalizing. Each entry is paired with one of Alcorn's inspired, eye-catching illustrations. Startling pop-art portraits in polychrome relief-block prints with folk and religious motifs face text in varying colors and fonts, while a thumbnail representation of each portrait decorates the cover. Krull's work recognizes the impact of the art without judging the sometimes antisocial actions of the artists. This slim volume will rock the research of younger music enthusiasts.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Elvis Presleyp. 6
The Beatlesp. 8
Bob Dylanp. 12
Jimi Hendrixp. 14
Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Deadp. 16
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stonesp. 18
Jim Morrison of the Doorsp. 20
Janis Joplinp. 22
Joni Mitchellp. 24
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelinp. 26
Pete Townshend of the Whop. 28
Bob Marleyp. 30
Eric Claptonp. 32
Carlos Santanap. 34
David Bowiep. 36
Bruce Springsteenp. 38
Chrissie Hynde of the Pretendersp. 40
Bono of U2p. 42
Kurt Cobain of Nirvanap. 44
Further Reading, Surfing, and Listeningp. 46

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