August 9, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Download


To Release in Canada and the United States on October 8, 2013

Toronto, August 9, 2013—Tundra Books will publish Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World by music veterans Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson and Jared Levine. Legends, Icons & Rebels is a compilation of twenty-seven profiles of some of the greatest musicians that ever lived and will be accompanied by two CDs of songs by the featured artists. The book will release in Canada and the United States on October 8, 2013 in hardcover and as an e-book. 

Carefully compiled like any great playlist, Legends, Icons & Rebels highlights some of the most influential voices in musical history, from Ray Charles to the Beatles, from Johnny Cash to Joni Mitchell. Accompanied by stunning portraits from a number of internationally renowned illustrators, each profile explores the achievements and struggles of extraordinarily talented artists whose innovations changed the landscape of music for generations to come. Robbie Robertson also shares anecdotes about these artists and the influence they had on his own musical journey. 

“The book rose out of our lifelong love for music and a desire to share this deep connection with our children and grandchildren. By presenting some of the greatest musical artists of all time, we hope to lay a foundation for families to experience the pure joy that can only come from one source ... Music,” the authors said of the book’s genesis.

Alison Morgan, Publisher of Tundra Books, said, “The book is a lovingly curated list, beautifully illustrated, with an outstanding CD accompaniment. This book is a true labor of love, to be enjoyed by both children and adults.”

At 128 pages, Legends, Icons & Rebels is a gift book for music lovers, for parents and grandparents who want to introduce young people to some of the most remarkable musicians and musical eras in history, and for fans of Robbie Robertson’s music.

Robbie Robertson and his son and co-author, Sebastian Robertson, introduced the book at BookExpo America in New York City on June 1, 2013 where they appeared in an on-stage interview with music journalist Alan Light, followed by a signing that drew hundreds of attendees. The authors will tour select cities in Canada and the United States in October.


The line-up of musicians and songs included in the CD are as follows:

"Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry, illustrated by Dale Stephanos
"Get Rhythm" - Johnny Cash, illustrated by Roberto Parada
"I Say A Little Prayer"- Aretha Franklin, illustrated by Kevin Newton
"Here Comes the Sun" - The Beatles, illustrated by Denise Esposito
"What a Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong, illustrated by John Mattos
"Three Little Birds" - Bob Marley, illustrated by Yuriy Shevchuk
"Peggy Sue" - Buddy Holly, illustrated by Roberto Parada
"The Circle Game" - Joni Mitchell, illustrated by Olaf Hajek
"Hit the Road Jack" - Ray Charles & The Raeletts, illustrated by Yuriy Shevchuk
"Hound Dog" - Elvis Presley, illustrated by Dan Brown
"People Get Ready" - Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, illustrated by Andrea Ventura
"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, illustrated by Roberto Parada
"Lucille" - Little Richard, illustrated by Luis Alves
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" - Hank Williams, illustrated by Marc Burckhardt
"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye, illustrated by Dale Stephanos
"Fly Me to the Moon"- Frank Sinatra, illustrated by C.F. Payne
"So Far Away" - Carole King, illustrated by Denise Esposito
"Wonderful World" - Sam Cooke, illustrated by Roberto Parada
"In My Room"- The Beach Boys, illustrated by Chris Kasch
"Caldonia" - Louis Jordan, illustrated by Brian Hoang
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" - Ella Fitzgerald, illustrated by Gary Kelley
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" - James Brown, illustrated by Luis Alves
"Crazy" - Patsy Cline, illustrated by Roberto Parada
"That's How Strong My Love Is" - Otis Redding, illustrated by Dale Stephanos
"It's Only a Paper Moon" - Nat King Cole, illustrated by Merryl Jaye
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - Stevie Wonder, illustrated by Brian Hoang
"Forever Young" - Bob Dylan, illustrated by Dan Brown

About the Author

Robbie Robertson is himself a musical legend. He has won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. He was the primary songwriter for the critically acclaimed group The Band, penning Americana classics like "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek" and toured with Bob Dylan. After The Band bid farewell to performing in The Last Waltz concert, filmed by Martin Scorsese, Robertson followed his long-time fascination with film. He was a Creative Executive at DreamWorks and has scored and/or been an executive music producer on a number of Martin Scorsese's films. He has also acted in and written and produced other major motion pictures.
Jim Guerinot owns and runs Rebel Waltz Management. He manages a client roster that includes No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, The Offspring, Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor, and Robbie Robertson. In addition to band management, Guerinot was the General Manager and the Sr. Vice-President of Marketing at A&M Records, supervising the Marketing, Promotion, Sales, Publicity, and Creative Services departments. His influence figured in the development and success of such A&M acts as Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow, and Blues Traveler. Guerinot is also the owner of indie label Time Bomb Records.

Jared Levine played in bands throughout college. After, he moved to Los Angeles where he was hired by Geffen Records to coordinate the Robbie Robertson record Storyville. Since then Jared has worked in the music business as an artist manager and A&R man. He has managed such artists as Robbie Robertson and Fishbone, and has signed artists including Cracker, Soul Asylum, and Gin Blossoms.

Music has always been central to Sebastian Robertson's life. He has played in several bands and appeared on the album Music For The Native Americans. He has composed over 3,000 pieces of music in television and film. He also served as the musical director on the acclaimed documentary series Playing For Change. Sebastian is currently writing a number of children's books and is developing a cable television series. The author lives in California, USA.


by Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson, Jared Levine
Hardcover nonfiction with two CDs:  978-1-77049-571-5 | On sale October 8, 2013
E-book: 978-1-77049-573-9 | On sale October 8, 2013
CDN Price: $35.00 | US Price: $29.00

About Tundra Books: Tundra Books is a leading publisher of unique books for children of all ages. It is part of the McClelland & Stewart Doubleday Canada Publishing Group, one of the Canadian divisions of Penguin Random House, the world's first truly global trade book publisher, which comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House around the world.

For more information, contact:
Pamela Osti
Publicity Manager, Random House of Canada
Tel: 647-788-3980 |

Judi Kerr
Judi Kerr Public Relations
Tel:  310-477-8191 |    

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