American Pop

Hit Makers, Superstars, and Dance Revolutionaries

From the Series American Music Milestones

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

Throbbing disco beats boom at the club.
Crowds move to the lively beat of dance pop hits.
Fans scream and cheer for teen idols.
These are the sounds of pop.

After Elvis hit the scene in the 1950s, a distinct youth taste in popular music began to emerge. The sound of pop music has varied greatly in the decades since Elvis, ranging from rock to disco to boy bands to dance pop. But all pop music is defined by catchy melodies and a broad appeal to teens.

Find out how it all began. Learn about MTV’s role in shaping pop music. Discover the stories of bubblegum pop groups, family bands, dance-pop idols, and disco sensations. And read more about legends such as Paul Anka, Madonna, the Jackson Five, and Katy Perry.

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978-0-7613-4504-6
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978-1-4677-0148-8
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978-1-4677-5966-3
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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 8.5
BISACS JNF036000, JNF036020, JNF036050
Dewey 781.640973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 1060
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, 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

Author: Arie Kaplan

Arie Kaplan has written jokes and comedy sketches for the television series TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest…. He has also written humor articles for MAD Magazine. Aside from his work as a comedy writer, Arie has written numerous nonfiction books for young readers on subjects ranging from the life of Vlad the Impaler to the history of pop music. As a comics writer, he has written comic book stories and graphic novels for DC Comics, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, IDW Publishing, Penguin Young Readers Group, and other publishers. He is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books, which was a 2008 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He lives with his family in New York City. Please check out his website, www.ariekaplan.com

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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 →