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American R & B
ISBN: 9780761345015
Author: Mendelson, Aaron
Publisher: Twenty First Century Books
Published: November 2012
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: A high-interest middle and high school series that examines key musical landscapes in American music considers key events, performers, albums, trends and songs in the evolution of specific musical genres in the United States.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Soul music; History and criticism; Juvenile literature.
Rhythm and blues music; History and criticism; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 781.644
LCCN: 2011045636
Lexile Measure: 1020
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: American Music Milestones
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 9.75" W
Bargain Category: Reference, Middle School, History, High School, Art/Music, African-American
Grade level(s): 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
These well-researched, comprehensive chronologies of modern American musical genres are presented on jazzy magazine-style layouts with eye-catching vintage and contemporary photos. Descriptions of specific transformative moments and key musicians are smoothly worked into the engagingly written narratives. Sections highlighting periods and subgenres include "must download playlists"; longer lists of recommended albums and songs are appended. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these American Music Milestones titles: [cf2]American Latin Music[cf1], [cf2]American Rock[cf1], [cf2]American Pop[cf1], [cf2]American R&B[cf1], [cf2]American Country[cf1], and [cf2]American Hip-Hop[cf1].]
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 November)

Gr 6 Up—From bluegrass to blue-eyed soul and bubblegum pop to hip-hop, readers discover the exciting evolution of music in America. Origins, influences, controversies, and artists are presented in a writing style that is engaging and accessible. Revealing quotes by artists are highlighted. Musical terms such as "melisma," "grunge," and "punk" are worked in seamlessly and defined in the texts as well as in the glossaries. "Must Download" playlists (which include songs that span styles and decades) appear throughout each title, encouraging readers to listen to the best music in each genre. Every title is packed with color and black-and-white photographs, snazzy fonts, and vivid sidebars. The indexes are not thorough (e.g., Pearl Jam has its own page, but the band is not in the index), but the books are short and well organized enough that this, most likely, is not a problem. This informative set will be useful for reports and of high interest to reluctant readers.

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