Chart Toppers

Chart Toppers

The Great Performers of Popular Music Over the Last 50 Years

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Baker & Taylor
Covering from the 1960s to the 1990s, offers profiles of selected popular music performers and musical groups from such varied genres as blues, heavy metal, reggae, soul, and rap music.

Firefly Books Ltd
The ultimate guide to the music of the latter half of the 20th century.

The ultimate guide to the music of the latter half of the 20th century.

Chart Toppers is a chronological survey of the most important popular music genres since the 1960s. The authors highlight the key solo musicians and groups, explore how their careers developed, survey their hit songs, reveal where they are now and show their influence on today's music.

In 12 sections the eras and genres cover:

  • 60s pop, from Bill Haley to the Beatles
  • 70s pop
  • 80s pop
  • 90s pop, from boy bands and girl groups to the revival of guitar bands
  • Blues, from Muddy Waters to Howlin' Wolf
  • Heavy metal, from Led Zeppelin to Guns 'N' Roses
  • Jazz
  • Reggae
  • Rock 'n' roll
  • Rock and rap
  • Soul, the civil rights movement and social issues of the day
  • World music.

The book is illustrated with extensive color photos and CD graphics from notable recordings, and it is jam packed with great information in abundant sidebars. Each section also includes a two-page "gazetteer" of many other examples of the genre or era.

Chart Toppers is a lively presentation perfect for browsing and also provides valuable historical and anecdotal information for serious readers.

Book News
Brunning, a teacher who has played bass with Fleetwood Mac, and Pickering, the author of children's books, provide an illustrated guide to selected popular music performers and groups from the 1960s to the 1990s, as well as in the genres of blues, heavy metal, jazz, reggae, rock, rap, rock 'n' roll, soul, and world music. Each artist is profiled in a one or two-page spread that details their early background, success, selected chart-topping albums in the US and UK, and if applicable, why their career ended or where they are now, with many color photos. Artists include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, the Sex Pistols, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Hanson, Oasis, REM, Britney Spears, Boyzone, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, Eminem, Chuck Berry, Elvis, and Diana Ross. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781554074969
Characteristics: 364 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Pickering, James


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