Gr 5-9–Even rock-and-roll know-it-alls will learn something from this series, which includes technical information about equipment and instruments and practical advice about overcoming stage fright or resolving disputes between band members. Copious examples and photos of bands drawn from a wide chronological and stylistic range ensure that every reader, from metalheads (Metallica) to Linkin Park fans will find something of interest here. Helpful diagrams (how a microphone works), clear photos of equipment, screen shots of software such as Garage Band, and discussion of up-to-date topics such as Facebook and Guitar Hero make up for writing that is occasionally a little sloppy. Women and African Americans are represented, but the books reflect the industry, and in popular rock-and-roll, white males do predominate. History of Rock Bands is by its very nature the weakest title. Chronology suffers as the author tries his best to draw lines of stylistic succession through a history that includes such hybrid genres as punkbilly and J-pop.