American Pop: Hit Makers, Superstars, and Dance Revolutionaries
Author: Arie Kaplan
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
Summary: This non-fiction book introduces young readers to the world of pop music, from the beginning to its presence. Explaining how pop music began, author Arie Kaplan describes the influences and evolution of pop music and how it came to be the way it is today. Includes information on well-known artists of the past and present such as Elvis, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Also provides information on how radio, MTV, and the Internet changed pop music throughout the decades.
Review: Any music lover, young and old, will appreciate this American Music Milestones series. In American Pop: Hit Makers, Superstars, and Dance Revolutionaries, readers are informed in a fun, interesting, and educational way of their favorite musical genre. Pictures of America’s favorite musicians are showcased next to important facts that are in simple chronological order. This would be a perfect book for a young student who needs to write a book report on the subject of music because it would be a valuable resource for an assignment, and at the same time fun to read. Extra resources and suggested sources are presented towards the back of the book, while a “Must Download Playlist” with song titles and artists from the chapter are listed so the reader may listen to the songs they never heard. If you are interested in other musical genres, the Round Lake Library also has the books American Rock and American Latin Music from the series.