Legends, Icons & Rebels

Music That Changed the World

Publisher: Tundra Books
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.


PRAISE FOR Legends, Icons & Rebels:

"This is a book that will touch you with the flame that earned these titans their place in the pantheon." -- Four Stars, Rolling Stone Magazine

"Wow, just wow! This book is big in every way.... Incredible thought has been put into this oversize offering, from selection of the artists to the eye-popping design and even to the quality of the paper.... All of the material feels fresh, and with back matter aplenty, there are lots of ways that this could be used in schools--or kids could just kick back, read, and listen." -- Starred Review, Booklist

"Each artist gets a lively and colourful spread with a short bio, a few fun facts, and a very select list of great hits. It all makes for a breezy, informative read, and the two CDs that come with the book are a helpful and welcome addition.... [Legends, Icons & Rebels] offers a more knowledgeable and idiosyncratic approach to musical discovery than any Amazon customer list." -- Feature Review, Quill & Quire