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anniss_story of hip-hopAnniss, Matt  The Story of Hip-Hop
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple

Anniss, Matt  The Story of Pop Music
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple

Anniss, Matt  The Story of Punk and Indie
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple

Anniss, Matt  The Story of Rock Music
Gr. 4–6      32 pp.     Smart Apple

Anniss, Matt  The Story of Soul and R&B
Gr. 4–6      32 pp.     Smart Apple

Anniss, Matt  The Story of Techno and Dance Music
Gr. 4–6   32 pp.     Smart Apple

Pop Histories series. The energetic graphics and raucous colors of these overviews are suitable for their subjects; overall the books will appeal to readers familiar with the genres even as the busy design and jumpy prose make linear comprehension difficult. Dramatic photos, captions, quotations, and playlist suggestions abound in these compendiums of trends, performers, and producers. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Music—Dance music; Music—Techno music; Music—Hip-hop; Music—Rap music; Music—Rhythm and blues; Music—Rock music

marcovitz_history of rock and rollMarcovitz, Hal  The History of Rock and Roll
Middle school, high school     96 pp.     ReferencePoint

Understanding World History series. Marcovitz surveys rock music’s evolution from rhythm and blues in the 1930s to 1990s grunge bands and beyond. In addition to profiles of influential DJs, producers, performers, and musicians, the engaging discussion touches on the effects of social and technological changes through the decades. Sidebars and captioned photos help break up the dense text. Reading list, timeline, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Music; Music—Rock music

roche_want to be in a bandRoche, Suzzy  Want to Be in a Band?
Gr. K–3   40 pp.     Random/Schwartz & Wade

Illustrated by Giselle Potter. The specifics of Roche’s own story are what make this how-to book so readable: once your sisters agree to start a band, “beg them to let you be in it too, even though you only know how to play air guitar.” Potter’s illustrations suit the quirky, homey feel of the text and authentically re-create time periods without making events seem old-fashioned or dated.
Subjects: Picture Books; Bands; Music; Musicians; Family—Siblings

richards_gus and meRichards, Keith  Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
Gr. K–3
     32 pp.     Little/Tingley

With Bill Shapiro and Barnaby Harris. Illustrated by Theodora Richards. In a rock-and-rock picture-book memoir, the Rolling Stones’ raconteur recollects his childhood introduction to the guitar, courtesy of his doting and eccentric grandfather, Gus. Richards has an ear for the music in a sentence, and his daughter shows blooming talent with her pen-and-ink sketches splashed with color. Richards reads his tale on the accompanying CD.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Family—Grandfathers; Musical instruments—Guitar; Music—Rock music; Autobiographies; England; Musicians; Gifts

sandler_how the beatles changed the worldSandler, Martin W.  How the Beatles Changed the World
Gr. 4–6, middle school     192 pp.     Walker

Sandler justifies his rather hyperbolic title in thirteen chapters that explore the Fab Four’s influence on music, fashion, religion, and other cultural phenomena, as well as how they themselves were changed by their experiences as high-achieving celebrities. His treatment — accurate, if unfailingly laudatory and occasionally repetitious — is illustrated with numerous photos. A detailed U.S. discography chart is appended. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Music—Rock music; Bands; Beatles; Biographies

From the May 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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