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Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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 m
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Tundra Books
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Harrison Barnes
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the great honor to review an advanced copy of this book. "Wow!!!" is truly an understatement. Not only do you get insight from a group of writers who have spent their lives in the music industry you also get a personalized playlist of 27 songs over 2 CD's that these men have picked.

Each musical artist in the book is brought to life with a two page spread that includes an in depth and unique look at their lives, a personal reflection from Robbie Robertson, beautiful illustrations and added
Jan Witthuhn
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All of us, whether young readers or not, are so very fortunate that musician-songwriter Robbie Robertson, his son Sebastian, Jim Guerinot, and Jared Levine joined forces to give us this wonderful book. The reader will be impressed with compelling content as well as the vibrant artwork. Even a quick browse through the pages will be enough for the reader to know this is a labor of love, from start to finish. I know young people will enjoy learning more about some of the most important characters w ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
For a children’s non-fiction book about popular music, this is probably one of the best I’ve seen. The two-page artist biographies are written with great enthusiasm and really get into the meat of why they are great. I can see a curious ten or eleven year old really studying this book. The two CDs included are as good an introduction to the music as child-appropriateness and legal rights allow.

However, this book suffers a serious case of Boomer-opia. Even a great musician like Robbie Robertson c
Kaiyan Ivey
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finshed-reading
in the book Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World by Robbie Roberston. I think that is is a very good book because as a kid who loves to listen to music I have heard these names that are music legends like Steve Wonder who in the book I get to learn more about like how he got blind and turned out to be a great as a musician. I feel that is book had no bad or dry part of the book because each little chapter was a person who influenced music or made it better. I Think that anyo ...more
One of the members of the legendary musical group The Band, Robbie Robertson, has collaborated with three other individuals deeply involved in the music industry, including his son, to identify 27 musical groundbreakers. Not only does Robertson share brief memories of his own connections to these talented artists and their music, but the book also includes a brief overview of their careers and what made them so important to the music world. Music fans won't be surprised to find folks such as Elv ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.

Buy it for your little ones, for YOURSELF, for your children's classroom and/or library, for gifts...I can't wait for the additional volumes that I hope and pray are in the wo
Ben Truong
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World was written by Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson, and Jared Levine and pays homage to a collection of twenty-seven individuals and groups that has the course of music irrevocably.

Each musical artist or groups is brought to life with a two-page spread of their mini-biographies, a personal reflection from one of the authors, beautiful illustrations, fun facts and trivia tidbits, and song choice or selected discography. The
Sarah Shurm
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
AMAZING! This is easily one of my top 5 favorite books! Written by the Band’s Robbie Robertson, his son, and two music industry executives, this beautiful tribute provides two-page biographies of 27 world-renowned artists, ranging from Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan. Each biography places each artist in the context of music history as well as details their rise to fame, accomplishments as well as struggles. Each artist featured in this outstanding book made crucial contributions to either the developm ...more
A variety of different musical artists are shared in this vibrant book. A plethora of musical artists, from an assortment of different backgrounds, are featured. Their accomplishments, contributions, and legacies are all talked about. It also features fun facts about them. I like this book because it is easy to read. It has lots of color and is divided reasonably into sections with the different artists. I would not want to read this book out loud to my class, however I would enjoy having it in ...more
David Kirschner
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Neat little (big) coffee table book about the history of popular music, almost exclusively in the US, and up until the late 60s/early 70s. As such, it's a nice history lesson about rock n roll, jazz, and Motown. My favorite part was listening along to some of the artists I hadn't heard much as I read their two-page spreads. The recommended playlists and 2 CDs included are great. I get that it's supposed to be an intro to great music, but there's so little information about each artist that I usu ...more
Dana Van Aert
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Provides a great overview of some of the greatest names in music from the early to mid 20th century. Designed to be a kids book, it is more of a middle school book. (grade 5-8) would be the most ideal. Although this could be in a highschool library. Beautiful illustrations done by highly skilled illustrators help show case each musician and band carefully explained by Robertson and company. Two cds are provided to give examples of each artist/band along with a list of songs worth checking out.
Erik Caswell
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to read 1000 versions of this book by 1000 different people. preferably not 4 white presumably cis het dudes. what's the point of working with other people on a book like this if you're all going to write from a white bread perspective?

side note - the art is amazingly beautiful
Nathalie S
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so pleased to see this book in the children's section! This is a great introduction to "music that -indeed- changed the world." Each generation seems to think their music are unique but doesn't realize it is built on the shoulders of other great amazing musicians. Included are two cds.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Very typical CDs Are Pretty good
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book with lots of facts and great illustrations. I love the music of many of the artists featured.
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you want to know the people who shaped the music on the radio and gave it its general outline read this book. If you sometimes wonder who the best musicians were long before Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Maroon five read this book. If you’ve ever thought about which past musicians were so good that they greatly impacted all musicians of today again read this book. Now you must be thinking what magnificent book holds all these answers well, Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson, and Jared ...more
Elissa Schaeffer
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
If ever a children's book oozed cool, it is this one.

Meet some of music’s innovators, courtesy of some notable names in the music industry. The idea for this book began when Robbie Robertson’s son was working part time at a children’s recreation and learning center, and noticed that “they didn’t respond to the average, pandering children’s music near as much as they did to really good songs performed by great artists.” So Robertson and his fellow music aficionado friends assembled these artists
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
This large coffee-table sized book comes with 2 CDs of music included inside the back cover. There are 27 songs, one from each of the artists covered in this volume. Most of the stories of the artists can be read in the time that their song is playing, just keep the remote handy so that you can pause once in a while. I often play the music for an artist when I am reading a book about him. When I was reading the biography of the early Beatles, Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years , I had to pur ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book shares 27 short profiles of legendary artists and their music that changed the world, including my life. It's a great reference book, like an encyclopedia for young musicians. You'll take a look at a timeline of mega gifted artists who shared strong cultural messages of the day, while others communicated from their own personal challenges. You can easily pick up the book and read anywhere about the cutting edge of performance from the sounds of rock and roll, jazz greats, folk icons and ...more
Bethany Voight
Robertson, R., Guerinot, J., Robertson, S., & Levine, J. (2013). Legends, icons, & rebels: Music that changed the world. Plattsburg, NY: Tundra Books.

Citation by Bethany Voight
Type of Reference: Biographical Reference
Call Number: REF 782.42164 ROB

Cost: one volume, 128 pp. $29. Includes 27 selected songs.

Accuracy: Four authors with experience in the music business have met some of these iconic musicians. Others have greatly influence them. The authors use a variety of primary and second
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013

This book is truly a work of love and an easy to understand introduction of popular music for children of all ages. The authors put together a thoughtful compilation of 27 artists that contributed to the history of rock and roll. I am amazed that the authors were able to get permission to included these great songs that are on two companion CDs. Sure, there are other musicians I would have love to see included but for the time period covered, this is an amazingly co
Darcia Helle
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, music
This book is informative, beautiful, and fun! I know it's being marketed toward grade school kids as a brief education on the people who were vital to the musical world, but it truly is ideal for music lovers of all ages. My collection of books on music would not be complete without this on the shelf.

While the information on each artist is not extensive, we're given the career highlights showing the importance of their contributions. There are also fun facts about each artist that give the bios
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a music listening lover. I can't play an instrument. I can't sing a tune. But I know good music when I hear it, and so does this author.

I loved reading this book. Visually it's exciting, colorful, evocative and each "chapter" that's based on a particular artist has artwork that represents the icons of the music world. Each "chapter" is a brief bio of who the artist was, how they influenced music history, and their lasting impression.

Most of the artists featured are some of my favorites. The
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Age-research: 4th-middle school
Age-interest level: middle school-high school

What a fantastic, yet unfortunately overlooked, nonfiction collection of 20 great and influential musical artists. The layout is fantastic and very eye-cacthing with pulled out quick facts, a playlist of top songs, and quotes of artists inspired by these game-changers. The bios are two pages but full of great facts, dates, names, and info. And the illustrations of each artists reflect their style and are just gorgeous! E
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A trip down memory lane, this book will appeal to those interested in music history and the important artists of differing genres. 27 artist profiles are included. Each profile makes good use of the large space with varying text sizes and beautiful drawings of music artists. And each artists has their own playlist on their respective pages! The timeline in the back is helpful, so teens can compare which artists overlapped with others. There are also brief biographies of the authors and illustrat ...more
Connie D
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great introduction to some of the great early talents in modern music, all of which I enjoyed. I loved the personal reflections about how the authors (musicians themselves) were affected by these musicians, the enclosed CDs (although I looked more songs up on the internet), and the general design of the book (with era-appropriate art for each artist, bold and/or enlarged font for key points, quotes in columns, etc.). This is created as an introduction: anyone looking for more informati ...more
Chris Fluit
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great book. My daughter and I enjoyed it a lot. With a book like this, there is always room to debate omissions, but Robbie Robertson and his team put together a wonderful roster of artists from country to jazz to soul to rock 'n roll. I especially appreciated the personal touches as Robertson shared of his own connections and influences.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The groundbreaking artists and biggest hits of popular music are highlighted in this wonderful nonfiction book. Each artist gets a chapter that tells their history and the highlights of their career, as well as giving the reader a recommended playlist. The book is bright and colorful and very interesting. A timeline and two cds are included with selections from the featured artists.
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-ya-nonfiction
Ahhhhhhhhh this book is so cool! Really brief biographies of influential musicians that the average 15-year-old hasn't heard of, including some suggested listening, and 2 CDs. But the illustrations, OH the illustrations! They are huge, gorgeous portraits, and I want to cut them all out and hang them in my apartment. Loved the design, too.
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Robbie Robertson was the guitarist and principal songwriter in The Band. He grew up in Toronto and on the Brantford Six Nations Reserve before heading to Arkansas to join Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. He has produced many movie soundtracks for Martin Scorsese, including Raging Bull, and others, and continues to record as a solo artist. His most recent record, How to Become Clairvoyant, came out in ...more