"The History of Rock (for Big Fans and Little Punks)" is a children´s book packed with 100+ pages, 150+ illustrations and hundreds of fun facts and curiosities about 70 years of rock music.
The book features the top artists and bands from every period of rock music history as well as from other genres and artistic movements that influenced rock music.
From Rock 'n' Roll pioneers of the 1950s to the 21st century rockers, the book is divided into 35 chronological chapters.
The authors selected and illustrated the most important and influential rock bands and solo musicians since the 50s, including artists like Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Björk, and bands such as Nirvana, U2, Talking Heads, Breeders, The Prodigy, Sonic Youth, Metallica, The Beach Boys, The Clash and many more.
Hand-picked songs from hundreds of artists and bands are featured in the book, resulting in an extended playlist of over 1000 songs that pays tribute to the History of Rock in all of its glory.
The playlist will be available on Spotify and other similar platforms as soon as the book is published.
In addition to legendary rock musicians and bands, the book also features and describes the artistic movements that influenced rock or were influenced by it, such as Blues, Jazz, Soul or Hip-Hop, highlighting the bands responsible for the most creative and groundbreaking fusions.
Women are fundamental in the History of Rock!
Artists like Janis Joplin, Patti Smith and Joan Jett or bands like L7, The Breeders, The Runaways and many others inspired hundreds of boys and girls to become musicians.
The "History of Rock for Big Fans and Little Punks” is a book meant to be read by kids and to unite families around music and literature.
By browsing the book together, while watching music videos and listening to the suggested songs, kids will enjoy the songs their parents love.
The book and the posters are also a fun collection of Joana's illustrated portraits that have already received an enthusiastic thumbs up from legends such as Iggy Pop himself.
Last year, we published in Portugal a smaller version of this book and developed workshops in schools.
The amazing feedback and enthusiasm that we received from children and adults has inspired us to write a bigger and better international version in English.
Have fun ading color to 12 awesome posters featuring your favorite rock stars.
If your reward includes this perk, you can chose a poster with an illustration inspired by one of the following artists and bands:
Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Angus Young (AC/DC), Freedie Mercury (Queen), Chuck Berry, James Brown, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Neil Young, Lou Reed, The Clash, Joy Division, Morrissey (The Smiths), Beastie Boys, Marilyn Manson, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Björk, PJ Harvey, The Prodigy, Rage Against the Machine and Ozzy Osborne (Black Sabbath).
Inscribe a name of your choice in the "Hall of Fame" of every book published on the Kickstarter Edition.
Rita Nabais and Joana Raimundo are the creators of this book and they have poured their hearts and souls into it.
Rita is an accomplished and influential rock music DJ and a music researcher. She has a Master´s degree in English and American Culture and is also a teacher and a publisher, having published more than 60 authors.
Joana is a published illustrator, animator and designer. She worked in Portugal and Italy after studying drawing and illustration in Barcelona, and has collaborated on several children’s books, some of which became part of the official recommended books for children in Portugal.
It was their deep love affair with rock music that drove Rita and Joana to write and illustrate this book. Other members of the team include Nuno, Andreia and Hugo who have lent a much needed hand.
Nuno and Hugo have vast editorial experience, across more than 40 children's and educational books - as authors or publishers. Andreia is a Graphic Designer and has been making books with us for more than five years. Our team is spread between Alcobaça, Lisbon and London.
It was U2's frontman Bono Vox who said :
“Pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it's not OK, but you can change it. There's a defiance in rock music that gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Most pop music doesn't make you want to get out of bed, I'm sorry to say. It puts you to sleep.”
Rock music and artists can teach our children valuable lessons they could never get from much of the music currently playing on the radio or found in popular playlists. The obstacles that many rock legends have had to overcome in order to follow their passion and became successful provide great lessons for young readers.
That´s why we mention the difficult childhood Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix or Neil Young had; or how Jerry Lee Lewis' family had to sell their house allong with an enormous ammount of eggs to help launch Jerry's career; the way female musicians, like Janis Joplin, had to overcome gender bias; and the very harsh conditions some of the greatest blues pioneers were brought up while working the cotton fields.
If children should learn one lesson from our book, we hope it is that music, especially Rock music, can save and give meaning to one´s life.
We ship worldwide. In order to keep these shipping costs affordable, we will keep the book weight + package under 500 grams (approx. 17.5 oz), reducing both the cost and the CO2 emissions from the transportation.
Also, we have a universal Flat Shipping Rate of £5 (roughly $6.5 USD or €5,7) for each book purchased.
We need you help to:
- Print the first 1000 copies
- Get an ISBN
- Translate to English
- Editing, graphic design and worldwide launch
Risks and challenges
We have lots of experience publishing books. The smaller version of the book we've published in Portugal came out beautifully and was a big success. Because this is our first Kickstarter campaign, we expect some surprises along the way, but rest assured that we did thorough research to prepare for the coming challenges. This will be our first book to be published internationally, but we have plenty experience to guide us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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