Published by Quarry Books
Summary: Billed as a book to help families enjoy rock and roll music together, each two-page spread of this book features a single hit by a famous artist. There’s a “Historical Fact/Social Connections” paragraph, “Song Facts”, “Try This at Home”, and a sidebar that tells what to listen to in each verse of the song, broken down by time. Chapters include Rock and Roll Basics, Rocking Out, Deep Soul, Punk Rock, Dance Music, New Rock Sounds, and New Wave. An appendix includes additional singers and bands related to each of the 52 artists profiled. Ages 10-110.
Pros: Written by the director of education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is a pretty definitive guide to rock music. Any fan will find it a difficult book to put down, and it would make sharing your favorite oldies with the kids a great deal of fun.
Cons: No Grateful Dead?