Pop Rock: Popular Rock Superstars of Yesterday and Today

This 17-book series tells the stories behind some of most famous rock stars of all time.


ISBN 978-1-4222-0182-4
The entire series is not available in hardcover. There are 16 out of 17 volumes available.


ISBN 978-1-4222-0325-5
The entire series is not available in paperback. There are 15 out of 17 volumes available.
17 volumes
12 & up
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
by Ethan Schlesinger

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0183-1 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
It's not easy to become a rock superstar, and it's even harder to become a rock legend. But the Australian group AC/DC found the key to success in the music world, and they have been a driving force in rock music for more than thirty years.What chance does a band have to succeed when one of its premiere musicians wears a costume? In AC/DC, readers will learn it's a 100 percent if the musician is Angus Young! Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, and first Bon Scott and then Brian Johnson found themselves sometimes overshadowed by a powerhouse(Angus Young)dressed in a school uniform that became his signature. But they didn't complain.AC/DC tells the story of the group's sometimes rocky road to legend status. Bon's death and personnel changes challenged the group, but it rose above the difficulties to become true rock legends.

by Ethan Schlesinger

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0184-8 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
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They have lived the American Dream: start small, work hard, and become successful. And Aerosmith became very successful. But then they fell hard, almost completely self-destructing.What came next was a surprise to many, but, as readers will discover in Aerosmith, perhaps it should not have. The guys who made up Aerosmith pulled themselves up by their collective bootstraps and climbed to the top of the rock world again.In Aerosmith, the author describes the group's formation, its members, and its near destruction. She tells the story of how the band members dealt with their drug and alcohol addictions-and how they have continued to live a sober life. Readers will learn of the group's rise to renewed fame, bringing with it a new group of fans.Though the group's music might not be everyone's favorite, Aerosmith's story of hard work, determination, and longevity is an inspiration.

Billy Joel
by Ethan Schlesinger

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Billy Joel's recorded and performed for more than thirty years, and he's still one of the biggest draws around. Billy sold out New York City's Madison Square not once but a record twelve times!Billy Joel tells the story of "The Piano Man," one of the few artists who have recorded hit singles every year for twenty years. He's also one of the few artists who can match the Beatles in album sales. In Billy Joel, the author tells the story of how the Long Island native became an international star. Readers will also learn about Billy other musical interests, including his love of classical music, both as a performer and a composer. Billy Joel pulls no punches. The author tells of Billy's problems with alcohol and relationships. But readers will also learn how he handled those problems to remain on top.

Bob Marley and the Wailers
by Rosa Waters

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Bob Marley and the Wailers were born on the island of Jamaica, a small land with deep roots in Africa. Slavery was a recent folk memory for the island's residents, and twentieth-century racial injustice was all too real. This rich and troubled culture gave birth to the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Bruce Springsteen
by Rae Simons

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Bruce Springsteen, known by his fans as simply the Boss, has been making music for the past thirty years. His music deals with the plight of ordinary working people, whether they are cops and firefighters or road builders and steelworkers. His rock ballads give voice to ordinary people's triumphs and tragedies.

Elton John
by Ethan Schlesinger

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Elton John proved he has what it takes to not only conquer the world of rock 'n' roll, but stay on top of it, year after year. He may have had a bad fall into addictions, but he achieved victory over them when he sought help for his problems. Follow Elton as he grieves the deaths of his closest friends-and celebrate his determination to do all he can to end AIDS/HIV.

Led Zeppelin
by Ethan Schlesinger

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Led Zeppelin's influence on the rock music industry is indisputable. It's at the top of most lists of the major bands of hard rock or heavy metal. The group made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility.But, as readers of Led Zeppelin, will find out, the group's march to the top of the rock world was not without detours and problems along the way. Egos and power struggles threatened to stop the band more than once as it sought its place in rock music.Along the way, Led Zeppelin produced some of the most memorable music of the period. "Stairway to Heaven" is hauntingly familiar, even to those who have no clue who sings the song. Such classics, and the band's determination to be the best, has made the group a true rock legend.

Lynyrd Skynyrd
by Ida Walker

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A bonk on the head at a baseball game led to the birth of a band that would take rock music by storm. Lynyrd Skynyrd tells the story of the group that came to symbolize Southern rock, though it was a label they didn't always agree with. Wildly successful-and sometimes just plain wild-the group also seemed to personify the excesses found by many in the rock world. But Lynyrd Skynyrd suffered tragedy as well. Readers will learn of the tragic plane crash that took the lives of some of its members, including its leader, Ronnie Van Zant. They'll also read how drugs and other health issues took their toll on the group. Lynyrd Skynyrd also tells the story of resiliency-how the group re-formed (and reformed) to continue to be a force on the music scene. The group's story is one of tragedy, but also one of strength.

Pink Floyd
by Herman Edward

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Few groups have achieved the success experienced by Pink Floyd; most groups would give almost anything to do so. But, things were not just given to Pink Floyd; they had to work for success.Pink Floyd tells the story of the band that began its career at the Tea Set. With Syd Barrett on lead vocals, the group found a unique sound-psychedelic rock. As readers of Pink Floyd will learn, the group became the favorite of first the British counterculture and then those in the United States who lived on the fringe of mainstream thought and action.Readers will also learn how Syd's death and egos worked together to sabotage the creators of The Wall. They'll also learn what it is about the group that makes its fans hope again and again for a real reunion.

by Peter Gregory

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In Queen, readers will learn the story of possibly one of the most unique bands in rock music history. The band gets much of the credit for spreading the word of hard rock music across the United Kingdom and the United States.Big shows and a big sound characterized the band fronted by a rather diminutive man, Freddie Mercury. But as the author tells, there was nothing small about the talents of Freddie and the other members of the band. Freddie grabbed a hold of an audience with the first note he sang, and he never let go until the last note of the last song had passed.Not all was smooth for the band, as readers of Queen will discover. Freddie's death devastated the band and its fans. Still, the group has continued to perform, earning a new group of fans at each show.

The Allman Brothers Band
by Peter Gregory

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What began with two brothers in Florida morphed into the major music genre called Southern rock. And a legend was born.In The Allman Brothers Band, readers will discover how Duane and Gregg Allman-the Florida brothers-and the others who made up the Allman Brothers Band led the way for other rock groups such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band to find success. Of course the Allman Brothers Band found tremendous success along the way as well.But it hasn't been all fun and fine things for the band. The group's painful losses of Duane and Berry, a celebrity marriage, and drug addiction also factored into the band's failures, but also played a part in its successes. Readers will also learn about those as they explore the world of The Allman Brothers Band.

The Beatles
by James Gallagher

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"She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah."That's a lyric from one of the Beatles' biggest hits, "She Loves You." And while "she" might love "you," the whole world fell in love with the Beatles. Though John, Paul, Ringo, and George recorded together for fewer than ten years, the Beatles were one of the most influential groups in rock history. Even many of today's artists point to the Beatles as influences on their sound.In The Beatles, the author takes readers on the magical mystery tour that was the Beatles. Find out how the group came together, and how it fell apart. Readers will discover who influenced the Beatles and what happened after the band broke up. Through its text and abundant images, The Beatles also gives readers a sense of what Beatlemania was all about.

The Doors
by Rae Simons

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You might think the Doors would seem like a relic from the past, like a tie-dyed T-shirt that's been washed too many times. But that's far from the case. Although this band definitely has its roots deep in the psychedelic, drug-soaked soil of the sixties, the Doors have managed to make the transition into the twenty-first century.

The Grateful Dead
by Kenneth McIntosh

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Over the course of thirty years, the Grateful Dead became America's most successful touring act. In 1994, the Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and today, their music is still heard over the radio waves. Tribute bands help keep their sound alive, and the band's remaining members are still making music.

The Rolling Stones
by Ethan Schlesinger

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Who could believe that a group of men nearing Social Security age would make up one of the highest-grossing tour bands of the twenty-first century? To fans of the Rolling Stones, it probably comes as no surprise at all.The Rolling Stones tells the story of one of the most popular and most important groups in the history of rock 'n' roll. Readers will find out about how a childhood chat in a sandbox helped create the group, and how a serious drug problem almost ended it.The author tells the story of how the group developed the sound that made it special, dispels the long-held rumors that there was a rivalry between the Stones and the Beatles, and describes the group's longevity. The Rolling Stones helps readers catch a glimpse of these rock legends.

The Who
by Noa Flynn

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"Who Are You"?Every week, television viewers are asked that question at the beginning of CSI. But, who's asking?Readers can discover the group behind the question in The Who. They'll learn how the group became the favorite of the counterculture Mods, who were living life to the fullest in 1960s London. Readers will discover what made The Who stand apart from the many other bands trying to make it to the top of the rock world.The Who also tells the story of a group dealing with inner demons and egos, substance abuse and diverse interests, and the role a Pinball Wizard played in its success. The group has fought its battles to remain a popular band, with new fans onboard at every concert stop.

by Kenneth McIntosh

Paperback ISBN 978-1-4222-0323-1 $7.95 (USD) Add To Cart
For three decades, U2 has achieved unbelievable success-and yet they are far from finished. Bono and the other members are still at the forefront of the world's attention. From prayer breakfasts with the president of the United States to international relief efforts to some of the best rock music ever, U2 and Bono are making their voices heard.

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