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

Great Music, Art & Writing!!!

74 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.

Essential for any Rock and Roll collection!

14 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!

Fantastic Book – A wonderful introduction for your favourite little music fan

14 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2013
By Melody Harding
I can’t rave enough about this book. From the thought behind it, to the writing, the artwork…the music included… Fantastic. Such a great team of authors and artists behind it, to boot. It may be marketed towards kids and youth, but it is definitely an education for many of us “grown ups” as well. Can’t praise it enough.

A must have

8 people found this helpful.
 on October 12, 2013
By Genna M
I have been looking for a beautiful representation of music history that is palatable to my children for a long time. Even if I didn’t have children I would purchase this book for myself and my husband because not only do you get sweet gems of music history, you get the most awesome and unique illustrations. In addition, you get two CD’s with the accompanying music – all of which any music lover would love. It’s not just for the music lover though. It’s also for those who want to be easily acclimated to some of the music greats of all time. It’s no surprise that this list of writers would do a supreme job considering their background, but at least for me, it surpassed expectation. LOVE IT!!!

Finally a Book I Can Enjoy With the Nieces and Nephews

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 11, 2013
By Hil
My sister bought this book for her kids and, although I just jumped into it with them, I’ve already found it to be so refreshing. I’m not a parent yet but this is the kind of gift that would help me maintain my role as the “cool aunt”. It’s fun to go through and learn about all the bands even as the adult more familiar with their work already. The kids love it and it’s such a fun way to connect them to the music my parents forced me to listen to as a child. Definitely an awesome purchase when you realize your kids may be past the fuzzy caterpillars and teddy bears stage of their education.

Stunning On So Many Levels!

8 people found this helpful.
 on October 13, 2013
By Pat Gareth
Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World

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!!

a great gift if you can part with it!

5 people found this helpful.
 on October 31, 2013
By Meremebjo
What a fabulous book! It’s a coffee table edition with enclosed CDs of the remastered recordings, wonderful drawings and the editorial info/historical data about the artists is insightful and complete. Robbie Robertson and his son have done their homework, for sure. What a perfect gift for the holiday season ahead, especially for all music fans of any generation.

Awesome for kids to learn about the founders of modern music

3 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.

great book

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 27, 2013
a very detailed and captivating book and it also comes with a two disc set which truly makes this a must have book and the music is great, the stories are great insight and this is a reminder of the power of music and the subject matters. a great gift period.

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