Books by Holly George-Warren

JANIS by Holly George-Warren
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2019

"A top-notch biography of one of the greatest performers to emerge from a brilliant era."
A richly detailed, affectionate portrait of the legendary singer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2014

"As an artist who 'left behind…many lifetimes of brilliant music, a legacy that will inspire generations to come,' Chilton receives the biography he deserves."
A thoroughly reported biography illuminating the life and work of one of the more mystifying and influential cult figures in rock. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2010

There's nothing like seeing a tenacious cowgirl wrangle a bronco to buck notions of a weaker sex—so it makes sense that suffrage came to the American West first, 51 years before the 19th Amendment would grant women the right to vote in the rest of the country. Hats off, indeed! Abundant photographs, rodeo programs and primary-source quotations from Wild West pioneers bring this invitingly designed cowgirl chronicle to life, from 19th-century trailblazers who came West in covered wagons to dime-novel outlaws Belle Starr and Calamity Jane to modern-day cowgirls such as 60-year-old Cowgirl Hall of Famer Jan Youren (who still rides bareback in rodeos) and Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who grew up on a Texas ranch. The straight-shooting if not rip-snorting reportage is at its best when contextualizing the cowgirl in America's social history and less effective when it, as it often does, devolves into a dizzying litany of names and nicknames. Still, there's plenty of rich fodder here for equestriennes and those interested in Western or women's history. (bibliography, sources and photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCK by Michael Lang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2009

"Well-written, informative and tons of fun, Lang's book will be appreciated by rockers and musicologists of all ages."
Totally rocking firsthand account of Woodstock, "a test of whether people of our generation really believed in one another and the world we were struggling to create." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 9, 2006

A companion volume to Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll (2001) presents brief biographical sketches of some 18 of the greats of Country and Western music, from the Carter Family to Johnny Cash. George-Warren's engaging text packs a lot of information into a small space, detailing in broad arcs the movements of a given performer's career, including a song title or two, and indicating how that particular performer influenced those who followed. Although some of the dicier aspects of some performers' lives are shown the light of day—Hank Williams's drug use, George Jones's alcoholism—these are given only glancing attention, the focus firmly on the music. Levine's bright, folk-arty illustrations are particularly suited to her subject here, presenting performers in homespun fashion. While the text sometimes gets a little heavy on superlatives—"most successful," "greatest," "top-selling"—with the effect that the sketches are not as individual as one might hope, this is, on the whole, a well-presented selection that will give interested children a solid introduction to the form and its shapers. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Fourteen of the men and women at the roots of rock 'n roll are given star billing in this energetic, young, collective biography. The one-page introduction allows George-Warren to trace in broad strokes the mix of African rhythm, European melody, church, and field music that gave rise in the 1950s to rock music, and how rock music brought forth most of today's pop, from rap to country. Each one-page biographical sketch faces a full-page acrylic painting in Levine's naïf style, with oversize heads, flat decorative backgrounds, and three-dimensional frames. The text page has a small, related motif: a hill of blueberries for Fats Domino, a Teddy Bear for Elvis, the famed horn-rimmed glasses for Buddy Holly. The biographies are straightforward and hold odd nuggets of engaging information: that Carl Perkins and his band's car accident allowed Elvis to get a number-one hit with Perkins's "Blue Suede Shoes" or that the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, as a teenager, was a big Chuck Berry fan. Some of the profiles are a bit sanitized, as there is no mention of Jerry Lee Lewis's many wives nor of Little Richard's homosexuality or James Brown's jail time. Children who have heard tell of the Bo Diddley beat or "Rock Around the Clock" will get the connection, and children who haven't will be fascinated by the stories and the music references. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)Read full book review >