This beautifully designed book by Quarto is an excursus into the history of popular music from Elvis in the 1950s through to contemporary acts. 40 icons include the likes of Elvis, The Beatles, Arcade Fire and Beyonce. This title is the 4th instalment in the ‘40 Inspiring Icons’ series (which also includes the beautiful book ‘Greek Gods & Heroes’).  

The information is presented in bite-size format and is filled with trivia and facts about musical genres and associated social movements (from psychedelic rock and protest music to punk rock and rap). This book is a great way to introduce 12-14 year olds to trends in music and in pop culture.