American R & B

Gospel Grooves, Funky Drummers, and Soul Power

From the Series American Music Milestones

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

A singer calls out to the crowd.
An electric bass thumps out a beat.
Horns blare and strings swirl.
These are the sounds of R & B.

Rhythm and blues music evolved from all sorts of sounds: swinging jazz, gritty blues, and African American spiritual songs. The music’s smooth mix of styles made it unique, and its passionate performers made it a sensation. Ever since Ray Charles hit the charts in the 1950s, R & B fans have held it down on dance floors. And R & B singers have belted out messages of love and calls for social change.

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978-0-7613-4501-5
$30.65 $22.99
978-1-4677-0151-8
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978-1-4677-5967-0
$53.32 $39.99
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 7.6
BISACS JNF036000, JNF036020, JNF036050
Dewey 781.644
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 1020
ATOS Reading Level 6.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 156054
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Timeline, Websites, and eSource

Awards

  • Booklist Top 10 Series Nonfiction, Winner, 2013

Reviews

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“From bluegrass to blue-eyed soul and bubblegum pop to hip-hop, readers discover the exciting evolution of music in America…. This informative set will be useful for reports and of high interest to reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Booklist

“…a truly inviting format that’s sophisticated, yet accessible.” —starred, Booklist

Author: Aaron Mendelson

Aaron Mendelson is a lifelong music fan. He writes about R&B, hip-hop, and alternative music for his blog Rockaliser Baby [http://rockaliser.blogspot.com]. Originally from Ames, Iowa, he now lives in Oakland, California. He loves eating vegetarian food, writing, and listening to Prince.

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American Music Milestones

This high-interest series looks at key musical landscapes in American music. Each book takes a peek at the key events, performers, albums, and songs in the evolution of a specific musical genre. View available downloads →