Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Rock & Roll Alphabet

Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Review - The Rock & Roll Alphabet

About the Book
For pint-size rockers and music fans of all ages, The Rock and Roll Alphabet, by music historian and teacher Jeffrey Schwartz, is a unique and entertaining teaching tool that allows children to develop alphabet skills while learning about rock and roll legends of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Blending melodic rhymes with rare images of rock’s most influential figures, this unique children’s art and photography book reinforces alphabet skills to young children and also serves as an introduction to rock and roll history for older children.

Using an engaging and entertaining format of rhyming couplets, The Rock and Roll Alphabet offers a fun and artistic education in rock history through the lens of iconic photographer Chuck Boyd. This unique piece of music history features:
  • Thirty vintage photographs from the archives of the Chuck Boyd Photo Collection – mostof which have never before been seen by the public
  • Rare images of rock legends such as The Beatles, Ike and Tina, James Brown, Queen, Frank Zappa and many more
  • A poetic rhyme scheme offering a fun and educational way to reinforce alphabet familiarity and introduce young ones to some of Rock ‘n’ Roll's greatest
  • Little nuggets of music history about each performer

“Through this book, I hope to re-introduce a whole new generation to these iconic bands and honor Boyd’s legacy as a rock photographer,” says Schwartz. “The book can be enjoyed by music fans of all ages and offers a new and fun way to reinforce alphabet skills, learn about music, and help create meaningful interactions between grandparents, parents, and children.” Jeffery Schwartz is the Director of the Chuck Boyd Photo Collection, a recently rediscovered archive of 30,000 photographs of rock and roll legends from the 1960’s and 1970’s. Boyd’s unique access to rock’s greatest stars yielded thousands of incredible images of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, KISS, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who and others.

“Chuck's vantage point was pretty remarkable," adds Schwartz. "There's a lot of rock 'n' roll photographers, but few who have had his access. When Chuck was with the band, he truly was. You see that in his work, and especially so in the photographs that have been chosen for this book."

Boyd passed away in 1991, leaving behind a collection of largely unpublished, never-before seen photographs. Over 30 of these largely unpublished images are being presented to the public for the first time in The Rock and Roll Alphabet, ensuring the appeal of this title for many generations to come.

About the Author
Schwartz has been passionate about music from an early age, playing piano, guitar, and singing throughout his childhood. Earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he studied jazz with renowned bassist Richard Davis. He also holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Schwartz is an award-winning Social Studies teacher in Los Angeles, CA teaching U.S. history and a very successful ‘Rock & Roll History’ course he developed for middle school and high school students. He currently works as a music historian and the Director for The Chuck Boyd Photo Collection.

In 2008, Lance Armstrong and the LIVESTRONG foundation awarded Schwartz the ‘LIVESTRONG Award’ for the programs that he developed in support of students and families battling cancer in Southern California.

For more information about the author, please visit More information about the Chuck Boyd Photo Collection is available at The Rock and Roll Alphabet can be purchased at

My Take on the Book
Full of amazing photos by Chuck Boyd, this book takes all Rock and Roll Music fans on a journey (from A-Z) on getting to know these particular Rock Stars! The only thing that I wished was that the book was longer as this book is but a picture book, but it does make its point. The book shares some great talent with young kids and any rock and roll fan will love to share this with their children or even grandchildren!

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