This legendary rapper was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996, but not before having multi-platinum releases and a promising acting career. A prime example of the line rappers walk between street credibility and their art, Tupac pushed the East-West rap feud both as a real fight and as a tool to influence media coverage of his career. Tupac's raps were part traditional social protest and part gritty descriptions of street life in urban neighborhoods.
The Joker in 2008's mega-hit movie The Dark Knight was an incredible, Oscar-worthy performance by this young and troubled actor. Tweens and teens were crazy about the film, and the world mourned when Ledger died. This book examines Ledger's brief career, background, and personal life, as well as the controversies surrounding his death. From his breakout role in the teen flick 10 Things I Hate About You to his Oscar nomination for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger's biography is bound to intrigue young movie fans.
John Lennon was one of history's most influential musicians. This title highlights Lennon's background and his role in the formation of the groundbreaking band The Beatles. Also covered in detail are Lennon's famous war protests and his 1980 assassination. Recently released Beatles CDs, and the Cirque de Soleil masterpiece Love appealed to many young people. With Beatles songs for the Rock Bandâ„¢ video game coming this fall, as well as remastered Beatles recordings, this title is a timely addition to any collection for middle and high schools and YA programs.
This title chronicles the song and dance genius of the King of Pop, whose recent death reinforced the level of his global influence and stardom. While covering controversies and oddities, from the trial on molestation charges to his cosmetic surgeries to his amusement-park house Neverland, the book also details his incredible songs, videos, work habits, childhood, and groundbreaking career. Jackson's music is still popular with young people, especially with the convenience of MP3 downloads and the enthusiasm passed down from older fans.
This title examines the fascinating life of Jay-Z. Readers will learn about Jay-Z's childhood, family, time as a drug dealer, rise to fame, and relationship with Beyoncé. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Jay-Z's early interest in music that led to the release of his albums Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life, Vol. 3...Life and Times of S. Carter, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, The Blueprint, The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse, The Black Album, Kingdom Come, American Gangster, his record label Roc-A-Fella Records, his clothing brand Rocawear, his Grammy Awards, his time as Def Jam's CEO, which included signing stars such as Rihanna, Young Jeezy, Ne-Yo, Nas, and the Roots, and his philanthropic efforts. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts.
This title examines the fascinating life of Eminem. Readers will learn about Eminem's childhood, family, education, rise to fame, trouble with drugs and the law, his time in rehab, as well as controversies over his lyrics and songs. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Eminem's early interest in music and talent in songwriting that led to his freestyle raps and eventually the release of his albums Infinite, The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Encore, Relapse, and Recovery. Eminem's acting debut in the move 8 Mile, his Grammy Awards, and his Oscar for Best Original Song are also described. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts.
This title examines the fascinating life of Kim Kardashian. Readers will learn about Kardashian's childhood, family, education, early interest in fashion, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores the Kardashian family's deal with Ryan Seacrest to film the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians that made the family famous. Kardashian's appearances on popular television shows, including Dancing with the Stars, CSI: NY, and How I Met Your Mother, her thriving career as a model and a spokesperson, and her business ventures are also described. Also discussed are Kardashian's high-profile romances with rap singer Ray J., NFL running back Reggie Bush, NFL wide received Miles Austin, and NBA star Kris Humphries, the charities important to her, and her philanthropic efforts. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts.