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Once called noise, now a major entertainment medium, rock has become the dominant music of today's youth. Recounted here are just a few of rock's highlights--Elvis, Bill Haley, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Woodstock experience, and today's newest waves of musical expression, from rap to jazz-rock fusion. Barron's Masters of Music volumes are beautifully illustrated and informative books for older children. They review various aspects of music's history and discuss the work of important composers and performers. While presenting historical and biographical information, the books also explain details of instrument construction, basic music theory, and the evolution of music's forms. Illustrations show people, places, and instruments within historical contexts, and detailed picture captions and labels explain everything from how instruments produce sound to how an opera is staged. (Ages 11 and older)