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Shake, Rattle, & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll

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The idea that musicians think their music is original is sorta laughable. Not laughable in a “Ha ha, they’re dumb” kind of way, but in more of an “Awww, that’s really cute because they seriously believe what they’re saying” kind of way. It’s a naive mentality that indicates an inexperienced musician; it’s impossible to think that such a thing is true. Every artist “borrows” from one another, and we’re all just a bunch of thieves in general (even if we don’t necessarily realize it).

Author Holly George-Warren, a writer, editor, producer, AND music consultant (geesh!), has an awareness that rock & roll (and those who are currently making it) owes everything to it’s predecessors; she has contributed work to dozens of books on the history of rock as well as to music publications and newspapers such as the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. Shake, Rattle, & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll, has George using her experience as a music writer as a means of teaching younger children about the originators of rock. From musicians such as Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, and Wanda Jackson, she guides children (and their parents) on a journey through r & r’s beginnings (with the help of illustrator, Laura Levine), profiling every musician’s contribution to this popular form of American music. As she “be bop a loopa’s” her way through the movers and shakers of the fifties, George provides a short, yet detailed account of the songs that catapulted their fame, and the style that defined their personas.

Without the music of the past, there is no music for the future, and George does a wonderful job in showing this to kids who are eager to learn about music, and who hopefully will remember (when they grow up) that stealing ideas from musicians before you is perfectly ok.

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