Uncategorized / 10.28.2011
A for Art F for Functionality
Jeffrey Schwartz uses rock icons to teach toddlers the fundamentals.
Jeffrey Schwartz’s The Rock & Roll
Alphabet (Mojo Hand LLC; $14.95;
60 pp) claims to teach kids their ABCs while introducing them to classic rock performers. Only on the latter count does it definitely deliver.
Schwartz relies heavily on the recently rediscovered cache of photographs from the late Chuck Boyd, whose gorgeous, intimate portraits of stars from the ’60s and ’70s had been lost since the artist’s death in 1991.
The recently rediscovered collection, for which Schwartz serves as archive director, is arguably a treasure trove. For adult fans of vintage rock — from Aretha Franklin to Frank Zappa — the book can be a fun way to feel like they are teaching their kids while reminiscing.