American Rebels

Age Level: 14–up  Grade Level: 9–12

Ever since James Dean appeared in jeans, T-shirt, and trademark red jacket in 1955’s REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, the idea of the American rebel has been etched into our culture. Fast cars, loud music, an in-your-face attitude and—too often—alcohol, drugs, and early death have epitomized the American rebel. Each of these high-school level biographies details the exciting life and career of a high-profile rebel, the effect of the era’s historical and cultural context on the person and their work, and the person’s lasting legacy as an icon in American culture.

  • Biographies of famous American rebels, from movie stars to writers and musicians
  • Dramatic, highly readable stories of controversial lives
  • Examines how each rebel’s work spoke to the social problems of his/her time
  • Tracks the lasting impact of each subject’s work on American culture
  • Supports the History/Social Studies, Language Arts, and Cultural Studies curricula
  • 6 1/2" x 9 1/4"
  • 152–160pp.
  • Illus. with color and black-and-white illustrations
  • Contains a glossary, a timeline, a further reading list, Internet addresses, and an index
  • Fall 2006
  • Series Lexile: 880
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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

"Everyone Will be Famous for 15 Minutes"

Edward Willett
“Paintings are too hard. Machines have less problems…” In the 1960s, Andy Warhol became the most famous creator of a new style of art called pop art, which transformed mass-produced items of popular culture into fine works of art...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3385-6
Binding: Library Ed.
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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

"I Want to Entertain People"

John Micklos, Jr.
“Elvis has left the building.” A record television audience of some 60 million people watched Elvis Presley on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW the night of September 9, 1956. With his ground-breaking television performances and many number-one hits, that year saw the Elvis phenomenon grow to massive proportions...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3382-5
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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

"Take Another Little Piece of My Heart"

Edward Willett
Author Edward Willett gives a comprehensive biography of legendary singer Janis Joplin, from her childhood singing in the church choir to her adolescent rebellions with the local beatniks through her drug and alcohol use and her amazing musical success...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-2837-1
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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

"Kiss the Sky"

Edward Willett
James Marshall Hendrix was the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock-n-roll music. By experimenting with the electronic elements of the guitar, he created a signature style that was unmistakable—one that has not been matched since his untimely passing at age twenty-eight in 1970...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-2449-6
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John Lennon

John Lennon

"Imagine"

Jeff Burlingame
From his days in England as a founding member of the Beatles to his time as a solo musician, peace activist, and stay-at-home dad in his adopted hometown of New York City, John Lennon made a mark on popular culture that is without parallel...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3675-8
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Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

"The Man in Black"

Edward Willett
When country music legend Johnny Cash took the stage at Folsom State Prison in 1968, he solidified the public's perception of him as a rebel who followed his own path. Born in Arkansas during the Great Depression, Cash endured poverty, the death of his older brother, and a difficult relationship with his father...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3386-3
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