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Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World

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Exclusive insights from a celebrated musician and passionate industry insiders, two accompanying CDs of legendary tracks and beautiful packaging make for a book with broad appeal — one that will captivate fans of Robbie Robertson and music lovers of all ages.

Part memoir, part tribute, and all great storytelling ...
Music industry veterans Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Jared Levine, and Sebastian Robertson invite young readers to share with ...

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Overview

Exclusive insights from a celebrated musician and passionate industry insiders, two accompanying CDs of legendary tracks and beautiful packaging make for a book with broad appeal — one that will captivate fans of Robbie Robertson and music lovers of all ages.

Part memoir, part tribute, and all great storytelling ...
Music industry veterans Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Jared Levine, and Sebastian Robertson invite young readers to share with them in celebrating twenty-seven musical legends. Short profiles chronicle personal stories and achievements of extraordinarily talented artists whose innovations changed the landscape of music for generations to come. Carefully compiled like any great playlist, the line-up features originators, rebels, and risk-takers across diverse genres. From Ray Charles to Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan, Robertson shares anecdotes about these artists and the influence they had on his own musical journey.

Always respectful of their reader, the writers never shy away from speaking about the difficult challenges these recording artists faced and the very human foibles that sometimes led to their tragic end. Most of all, it's the authors' passion and insights into these personal stories of creativity and collaboration — and the power of music to shine a light on injustice and foster change — that will fascinate, enlighten, and inspire music fans of all ages.”Exclusive insights from a celebrated musician and passionate industry insiders, two accompanying CDs of legendary tracks and beautiful packaging make for a book with broad appeal — one that will captivate fans of Robbie Robertson and music lovers of all ages.

Tracklist for Legends, Icons & Rebels

Disc One
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
6. Bob Marley Three Little Birds
5. Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World
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 Two
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
6. Sam Cooke Wonderful World
5. Carole King So Far Away
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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
Written by the Band’s Robbie Robertson, his son, and two music industry executives, this weighty tribute provides two-page biographies of 27 artists from Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan, placing each one in the context of music history. The crucial contributions of African-American musicians, both to the development of rock and roll and to the Civil Rights movement, are celebrated. “At one concert, was told he would have to perform twice: once for a white audience and another show for an all African-American audience. Sam refused.” Unexpected connections in the family tree of music are traced, too. Jimi Hendrix started out touring with Little Richard; Merle Haggard was a convict in the audience when Johnny Cash performed in San Quentin. The first of each musician’s two spreads features a striking, album art–style painting that evokes each star’s style and genre of music (15 illustrators contribute), while the second contains the biography. Two CDs include a single hit from each musician, an impressive collection. An ideal gift for children whose parents have just discovered that they don’t know who Otis Redding is. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
  “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.”
Kirkus Reviews

From the Publisher
“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.”
Kirkus Reviews
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Gwen Amborski
This book written about musicians from an earlier time will be entertaining to teens wanting to learn some interesting facts about classic rock and other types of music from the 1920s to 1960s. The CDs that come with the book bring the musicians to life. Bright and colorful pictures add to the reading experience. The book is great for looking, but is just a start for reports. Reviewer: Gwen Amborski, Teen Reviewer; Ages 11 to 18.
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Adrienne Amborski
Veteran award-winning musician Robbie Robertson and others have created an attractive, oversized, coffee-table book covering iconic American musicians from 1925 to 1968. Career and personal highlights of twenty-seven artists from a wide variety of music genres including jazz, country, and rock—and-roll are condensed into an extremely readable format for the reader looking for a quick introduction to the “who’s who” of the American music scene. Each musician’s biography is lavishly illustrated with a graphic portrait rendered by a collection of illustrators. Every artist is given a two-page spread containing interesting facts and a playlist of notable songs. Gorgeous colors, cool fonts, and pop art assure readers of all ages will enjoy this entertaining book. Readers will want to pop the two accompanying CDs into a player for an auditory tour of America’s musical superstars. Although this book does not include an index or bibliography, it does contain a timeline of the musicians’ accomplishments. Written for the middle school to adult audience, this book’s value is as a browsing selection for readers to enjoy and as an inspiration leading to further reading for more in-depth research about specific musicians. Reviewer: Adrienne Amborski; Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Art, factoids and personal reflections introduce 27 carefully selected and thoughtfully presented musicians, whose radical experimentation with sound and verse helped to shape the music of today. Each profile opens with a two-page spread of stunning original artwork and a recollection from lead author Robbie Robertson, who is himself an accomplished musician best known for his role with The Band. Brief snippets of biographical information follow, along with details about the artist's influence not only on music, but also on the culture of the time. This diverse selection of artists spans many decades (1925-1968) and musical genres. Though the included CDs provide only one song per artist, recommended songs for further listening are listed. Who has been chosen and who has been excluded may spark debate among music buffs, but this work is designed to pique the curiosity of young people who have not yet been exposed to these boundary-pushing innovators. Unfortunately, the lack of contemporary musicians may limit this book's initial appeal to the already music-obsessed. However, the conversational tone of the writing and visually alluring layout will quickly capture the attention of most young readers who give it a chance. A compelling introduction to the ancestors of modern popular music. (timeline, sources) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770495715
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 180,772
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbie Robertson is himself a musical legend. He has won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. He was the primary songwriter for the critically acclaimed group The Band, penning Americana classics like "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek" and toured with Bob Dylan. After The Band bid farewell to performing in The Last Waltz concert, filmed by Martin Scorsese, Robertson followed his long-time fascination with film. He was a Creative Executive at DreamWorks and has scored and/or been an executive music producer on a number of Martin Scorsese's films. He has also acted in and written and produced other major motion pictures.
Jim Guerinot owns and runs Rebel Waltz Management. He manages a client roster that includes No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, The Offspring, Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor, and Robbie Robertson. In addition to band management, Guerinot was the General Manager and the Sr. Vice-President of Marketing at A&M Records, supervising the Marketing, Promotion, Sales, Publicity, and Creative Services departments. His influence figured in the development and success of such A&M acts as Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow, and Blues Traveler. Guerinot is also the owner of indie label Time Bomb Records.
Jared Levine played in bands throughout college. After, he moved to Los Angeles where he was hired by Geffen Records to coordinate the Robbie Robertson record Storyville. Since then Jared has worked in the music business as an artist manager and A&R man. He has managed such artists as Robbie Robertson and Fishbone, and has signed artists including Cracker, Soul Asylum, and Gin Blossoms.
Music has always been central to Sebastian Robertson's life. He has played in several bands and appeared on the album Music For The Native Americans. He has composed over 3,000 pieces of music in television and film. He also served as the musical director on the acclaimed documentary series Playing For Change. Sebastian is currently writing a number of children's books and is developing a cable television series. The author lives in California, USA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    great coffee table book

    beautiful book, big and fun to loook through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Stunning on So Many Levels!  Legends, Rebels & Icons is a vi

    Stunning on So Many Levels! 
    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 many  
    useful examples on many levels of appreciation in this beautiful volume of work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Wow! The writing, art and overall design of this book is incredi

    Wow! The writing, art and overall design of this book is incredible. i have been going through the artists with my son who is 8 and we're having a great bonding experience. We read the chapter, listen to the song and then scroll through youtube and uncover more content together. What a great tool to kick start a love affair with music that you can share with your children. My son is 8 and Bob Marley, Chuck Berry and who woulda guessed it Joni Mitchell are really connecting with him. Thank you so much for creating this!!!

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