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Block, Francesca Lia. Cherokee
Bat and the Goat Guys.
With their parents away, four young people form a rock band that becomes wildly popular, carrying them into a "freer" life than they can cope with. (YA Fic)
Delaney, Mark. Pepperland.
Struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother in the late 1970s, sixteen-year-old Beatles fan Star Cochran hopes to find closure by delivering to John Lennon a letter her mother wrote to him in 1964 but never sent. (YA Fic)
Dessen, Sarah. Just Listen.
Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life. (YA Fic)
Keillor, Garrison. The Sandy
Fourteen-year-old Rachel comes to terms with her eccentric family while taking refuge in her violin playing. (YA Fic)
Leroux, Gaston. The Phantom of
A viscount seeks to unravel the mystery of the Paris Opera House and rescue the woman he loves from the threat of the Phantom of the opera. (YA Fic)
McCaffrey, Anne. The Harper Hall
trilogy: Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums.
Pursuing her dream to be a Harper of Pern, Menolly studies under the Masterharper learning that more is required than a facility with music and a clever way with words. (Juv Fic SF)
Pratchett, Terry. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.
A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king. (Juv Fic SF)
Van Meter, Jen. Hopeless Savages.
Rat Hopeless rebels against his parents, a superstar couple from the punk era, but when they are kidnapped, Rat realizes his parents aren't so bad and sets out to rescue them. (YA 741.5)
Van Meter, Jen. Hopeless Savages:
Zero Hopeless-Savage, the 16-year-old daughter of British punk rock stars Dirk Hopeless & Nikki Savage, experiences first love, made more difficult by the fact that she is grounded. (YA 741.5)
Denenberg, Barry. All Shook Up!:
The Life and Death of Elvis Presley.
Elvis Presley hit the scene in the 1950s, singing songs kids couldn't resist. This biography illuminates the overwhelming life of an American icon, from his extraordinary rise to his final fall. (j784.092)
Fricke, Jim. Yes Yes Y'all: The
Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-hop's First Decade.
Personal observations on the early days of hip-hop music and culture as it developed from New York City in the 1970s, and photographs, vintage photos and posters. (YA 782.4)
Horowitz, Joseph. Dvorak in America:
In Search of the New World.
An account of Antonin Dvorak's 1890s stay in America, where he took the essences of Indian drums, slave spirituals, and other musical forms and created from them a distinctly new music. (j780.92)
Jackson, Randy. What's Up, Dawg?:
How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business.
"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson reveals his secrets to making it big in the music industry, offering musicians and singers advice on finding their musical style, networking with the industry's power players, and landing a record deal. (YA 780.23)
Marsalis, Wynton. Jazz A-B-Z:
An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits.
A collection of highly personal and stylized characterizations of 26 legendary jazz performers, from Louis Armstrong to Dizzy Gillespie. Includes brief biographical sketches and notes on the poetic forms. (j781.65)
Nathan, Amy. The Young Musician's
Survival Guide: Tips from Teens & Pros.
Advice on the challenges involved in learning to play a musical instrument, including tips from teenage musicians and professional musicians about practicing, performing, and buying equipment. (YA 784.143)
Partridge, Elizabeth. John Lennon:
All I Want is the Truth : A Photographic Biography.
The story of one of rock's biggest legends, from his birth during a 1940 World War II air raid on Liverpool, through his turbulent childhood and teen years, to his celebrated life writing, recording and performing with the Beatles and beyond. (YA 784.092)
Roberts, Jeremy. Bob Dylan: Voice
of a Generation.
The life of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, describing his childhood in Minnesota, his period in Greenwich Village's folk scene, his changing musical styles, and his significance in music history. Includes a selected discography and a list of further resources. (j784.092)
Shirley, David. The History of
Rock & Roll.
Rock and roll music, from the 1950s to the present day and its changing styles and leading personalities. (j781.66)