Pink Floyd: The Rock Band

Pink Floyd: The Rock Band

by Laura S. Jeffrey

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
In this unauthorized biography, author Jeffrey tells the story of five young men who formed a British rock band in the late sixties, calling themselves Pink Floyd, and gaining notice for their "psychedelic sound," and elaborate stage shows. In 1967, they released two singles and then a first album called The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. One of the members, Roger "Syd" Barrett named the band Pink Floyd because he said it had been transmitted to him from a flying saucer. He left the band in 1968 due to emotional problems and was replaced by David Gilmour. A second album called A Saucerful of Secrets, was released that same year. Pink Floyd produced three more albums, and by the early 1970s, they had become an international sensation with a concept album called The Dark Side of the Moon, followed by another one in 1975 called Wish You Were Here. In 1985, the group broke up, but one member, Roger Waters, went on to release solo albums. In 2007, a year after Roger "Syd" Barrett died, a tribute concert was performed by past members of the group to honor the man who had been the soul of the band. Pink Floyd sold millions of records and is still remembered as one of the best rock groups of all time. The author has written an informative book that will capture the interests of readers wanting to know more about the history of rock bands and their members. Back material includes a timeline, discography, list of concert tours, a glossary, and chapter notes, reading list, and internet addresses. Photographs included. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
Children's Literature - Jennifer Keeney
Enter the word of Led Zeppelin, the legendary rock band of the late 1960s, in this gripping biography. Written for an adolescent audience, the self-described "rockography" introduces each member of Led Zeppelin, revealing, for most of the members, very humble roots. Front man Robert Plant's civil engineer father desired a more respectable career than music for his son. Guitarist Jimmy Page had a passion for art, but his parents also objected. Drummer John Bonham quit school at age sixteen to build houses with his father, working construction during the day and playing gigs at night. Only bassist John Paul Jones hailed from musical parents who supported his desire to play. Each of these young men played in other bands before coming together as Led Zeppelin. Michael A. Schuman illustrates the tumultuous time period of the band's birth, the late 1960s, in a manner that is appropriate for an adolescent audience. Though he in no way sugarcoats the Vietnam War Era, the level of detail in which he describes Led Zeppelin's eventual downfall, via drug and alcohol abuse, is concise and age-appropriate. Most interesting is the time period's music critics' unanimous disdain for Led Zeppelin, especially noting that they are now one of the most celebrated rock bands of all time. As Schuman concludes, the world was not ready for Led Zeppelin's music at the time in which they were recording it. The four members provided a unique, diverse collaboration of musical styles and influences; Led Zeppelin was a hit with fans but not with critics. This biography has the power to inspire a young generation of new listeners. Reviewer: Jennifer Keeney

Product Details

Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Rebels of Rock Series
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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