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 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

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 – 7
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books; Har/Com edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770495711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770495715
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.7 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Essential for any Rock and Roll collection!

15 people found this helpful.
 on October 10, 2013
By metaphor56
Regardless of age, this book would have been great for just the artists’ profiles (written so that children might be introduced to these great artists). Each artist has a full-page portrait, original art done by remarkable artists and suitable for framing (I can imagine postcards and posters to accompany — I’d purchase them.) The book is large-format and the printing quality is first-rate. Eye-popping. The fact that you also get two CDs with essential cuts from each artist makes this the book of the year — perhaps the book of the decade. The CDs are worth the purchase price alone. I hope a volume 2 is in the works!

Great Music, Art & Writing!!!

78 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2013
By David Matthews
Wow. A truly beautiful creation. As a long time, (40year old) admirer of most of the artists in this book I was able to get an even deeper insight and learn things about them that I had never known before. The illustrations and the overall design are stunning. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better there are two CD’s with 27 songs by all the featured artists in the book. I plan on re-discovering one artist a week with my 8year old son. I’ve pored over the amazon page closely and don’t see a track listing so for those who are curious this is the breakdown.

Awesome for kids to learn about the founders of modern music

4 people found this helpful.
 on November 26, 2013
By Joshua Lang
Bought this book as a way to teach my kids about modern music. We are currently reading a chapter or two a night (2 pages) with a 6 year old girl and 4 year old boy. Some of it is a little (just a little) over their heads, but overall they are gaining a huge appreciation of lots of different types of music. They now ask for Bob Marley in the car and Chuck Berry to dance to at home. They want to know how the different styles of music fit together and what genres were first, who influenced who, etc.

The perfect gift!

5 people found this helpful.
 on October 13, 2013
By Harper Richard
I have finally found a way to introduce a life long love of music to my children and other children in my life. I love all kinds of music, but I’ve been deliberating on how to give my kids a fun point of reference on the roots of it all – after literally years of searching – here it is! This is the perfect Holiday gift as well. It’s just a beautiful and poetic presentation with anecdotes that I’ve never heard before. I hope there will be more volumes to follow!!

Amazing breadth & depth

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 2, 2014
By Jerry Hughes
We forget how much of American Music is related, like a wonderful family tree. Tin Pan Alley meets Rock & roll. Gospel meets R & B, Dixieland leads to Jazz leads to Sinatra and Ella. The Band & Robbie Robertson captured that energy and now he becomes the history teacher & damn good one! It’s also obvious that Robbie the ‘dad’ has done a great job of passing on the legacy and the love of America’s music to his son. This was a Christmas gift for my grandsons, both musicians. I hope this causes them to look behind the curtain and listen to music and artists that they hadn’t heard before this book/album.

great for all ages – beautiful art work, great information.

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 19, 2014
By Barbara
This book is accompanied by CD’s – I heard it described on public radio as a gift for ages 9-12, but every adult who has seen it has wanted one, and it’s a great gift for families. It tells of each artist’s talents, successes and, in some cases, results or poor choices too, in a manner sensitive to all ages. The art work is also magnificent, and the taste of each one’s music on the CD’s is a wonderful sampling, and can be shared by multiple generations.

Great Book, Great Value!

 on June 3, 2017
By G. Gomez
Great book at a great value! Wonderful pictures and 2 CD’s of music at a very low cost. I teach a course in History of Pop & Rock & Roll and found this to be one of the best values available for comparable products on the subject matter. Highly Recommend!

Teach your children well

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 19, 2014
By Louis J. Casimir, III
I was dismayed that my children knew so little about the roots of rock, soul and the blues. Who better to teach the tykes than Robbie Robertson? They browse the book from time to time, but the CDs are on the permanent playlist. Great book; great CDs.

introduce my kid to great music influences

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 5, 2014
By buzziag
my 12 yr old (going on 30) kid loved nothing but Bruno Mars. Tried to explain how other music influenced Bruno. of course he wouldn’t hear it.

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