Holly George-Warren

Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll

"Kids who are just discovering their musical tastes will be amazed by a very cool picture book called 'Shake, Rattle, & Roll...Yes, there was there was life before current pop stars--namely, 14 pioneers like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, LaVern Baker, Ritchie Valens, and of course Elvis. The zippy, informative text is by Holly George-Warren, a writer for 'Rolling Stone' who doesn't talk down to young reders in her tribute to 'ancient rhythms originating in Africa.'"
--Kathleen Drull, L.A. Parent magazine, July 2001


"The creators of this funky, fun picture book know their subjects. As a writer and artist contributing to 'Rolling Stone' and other music publications, they have spent years honing their ears, eyes, and brains to rock's founders. Focusing on 14 of the original pioneers of rock & roll, including Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, the book's odes to the great ones are informative, brief and hip. How amazing is it, after all, that in the 1950s, a slew of rhythm and blues, gospel, country, and fiddle-inspired banjo tunes inspired several musicians to cook up rock and roll."
--Lee Littlewood, Copley News Service


"George-Warren's book is packed with familiar and arcane facts, like the origins of Bo Diddley's name in a Southern folk instrument called the diddley bow, or the beginnings of Little Richard's famous lick, 'A wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom!' And there are eye-opening sections about singers like LaVern Baker--who began her career as little Miss Sharecropper, and hit it big with 'Tweedlee Dee,' 'Tra la la,' and 'Jim Dandy' or Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly who is still playing today, over forty years after Elvis connverted her to blend her Oklahoma country sound with rock."
--Fiona Barnes, Recess, December 2002

Selected Works

Biography
"One of the Top 15 Most Anticipated Books of 2014." - flavorwire.com, December 2013
"Every celebrity could use a biographer like Holly George-Warren" -- The New York Times, April 2007
Illustrated Nonfiction
“Girls with gumption and a "can do" spirit will get a big kick out of Holly George-Warren’s The Cowgirl Way, which provides a fascinating history of the Wild West and cowgirls, from big names like Annie Oakley to lesser-known gals of the 21st century. Chapters are interspersed with photos, quotes and memorabilia that nicely complement the text. And though the book's target audience is tweens (ages 10 and up), teens and adults will also enjoy George-Warren’s meticulously researched history of American cowgirls.” – Bookpage
"a spirited romp through colorful cowboy fashion explained in detail and illustrated with brilliant color photos."
--Farrah Weinstein, The New York Post, Dec. 23, 2001
Nonfiction
The behind-the-scenes story of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, co-written with festival producer Michael Lang.
"a boot-stompin' good time...shrewdly exploring the gap between the image and the reality of the wild frontier."
--Bookpage, 10/02
Photography, History, Non-fiction, Music, Pop-Culture
365 rare images compassing the band's 43-year history, with comprehensive and insightful captions.
Rock history, photography
The essential illustrated book on Punk: from the Stooges to Television to the Clash to Black Flag
Illustrated Children's Nonfiction
"Fans of any age will enjoy this paean to roots music." -- Horn Book, March 2006
"Recommended!"
--The New York Times Book Review, June 2001