Robbie Robertson

The Band’s Robbie Robertson reckons kids need less twerking and more classic rock’n’roll and soul. He has co-authored Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World, a new book aimed at children to introduce them to some of the world’s most influential music artists. The 128-page book profiles The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash and many others.

Robertson co-wrote Legends, Icons & Rebels with his son, Sebastian, and his respective current and former managers, Jim Guerinot and Jared Levine. The book comes packaged with two CDs that include 27 classic recordings — one by each of the music greats profiled.

Robertson is scheduled to make a couple of TV appearances to promote Legends, Icons & Rebels. He is a guest on CBS Saturday Morning, which airs at 7pm ET (October 12) and he’ll also appear on an upcoming episode of PBS’s Tavis Smiley.

Robertson and his three co-authors take part in a discussion and signing event at a Barnes & Noble store on Grove Drive in Los Angeles on October 16, at 7pm PT.

To find out more about Legends, Icons & Rebels, visit

The 27 CD tracks Robertson has handpicked are:

Disc One

1. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode”
2. Johnny Cash “Get Rhythm”
3. Aretha Franklin “I Say a Little Prayer”
4. The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun”
5. Bob Marley “Three Little Birds”
6. Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World”
7. Buddy Holly “Peggy Sue”
8. Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game”
9. Ray Charles & The Raelettes “Hit the Road Jack”
10. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog”
11. Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions “People Get Ready”
12. Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”

Disc Two
Little Richard “Lucille”
2. Hank Williams “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”
3. Frank Sinatra “Fly Me to the Moon”
4. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
5. Sam Cooke “Wonderful World”
6. Carole King “So Far Away”
7. Louis Jordan “Caldonia”
8. The Beach Boys “In My Room”
9. Ella Fitzgerald “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”
10. James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)”
11. Patsy Cline “Crazy”
12. Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is”
13. Nat King Cole “It’s Only a Paper Moon”
14. Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”
15. Bob Dylan “Forever Young”