Music Legends

40 Inspiring Icons

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

Review

Did you know that 'valiant rock soldier' Neil Young set up a specialist school for children with disabilities in 1986? Or that the Punk Poet Laureate, Patti Smith, is also a keen photographer? What about the fact that in 2015, Wu-Tang Clan's album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin was sold to a single buyer for $2 million?

Featuring 40 great musical acts of the modern era since Elvis Presley, this informative, fun and cool guide is a great place to start for young music fans who might want to find out more about their favourite bands, or who might be researching music of a particular era.

With the sheer volume (pun intended) of great bands and musicians that have entertained us in the past 60+ years, it's obvious that choosing 40 is a difficult task; many greats aren't included, but many are, including some unusual but important choices, such as The Pixies and NWA.

The book itself is suitable for 7-10 year olds, but does reference a couple of bands whose lyrics might need particular adult supervision should children want to listen to the albums referenced.

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