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Celebrity Fun

This category includes biography and all those great advice books. Because when a celebrity does something, you will want to do that too!

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Papa Don’t Preach


Submitter: 2003 doesn’t really seem like it was that long ago, but gee whiz is this dated now! This cover photo was bad even way back then. Zombie alert!

Holly: Preach, Papa, preach! Preach the righteousness of collection quality! That is a horrible picture for the cover. Of all the footage there is of Madonna, this is the best they could do? Maybe it was the most-clothed option. I’m a Madonna fan from way back, and she has ties to our home state of Michigan, so around here we need to keep things more current. She reinvents herself every couple of years,so 2003 is like a century in Madonna years!

More Pop Stars of the Past:

King of Pop

Pop Music Superstars

Livin’ La Vida Loca

Hammer Time

Boy Bands

Say “Bye Bye Bye” to This One

Wanna Be Weeded

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America’s Band

The Beach Boys

This was submitted by a middle school library. I’m of two minds about this one. On the one hand, middle schoolers could not care less who The Beach Boys are. They are having Fun, Fun, Fun with Taylor Swift and The Biebs and clueless about The Beach Boys.

On the other hand, this is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famers series, and The Beach Boys are Hall of Famers, whether anyone in the target age group for the book has heard of them or not. Wouldn’t It Be Nice if middle schoolers were be exposed to Hall of Fame bands they’ve never heard of?

The pictures -at least, those submitted – are from the 1960s. I *hope* that this book talks about the changes in members this band has had over the years and includes more current pictures. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, after all.

Back to the first point, today’s middle schoolers have parents who were middle schoolers in 1988, and grandparents who were middle schoolers in 1961 when the band was formed. The subject of this book is of more interest to adults, but its format is clearly for a tween/teen audience.

Verdict: I’m Picking Up Good Vibrations about this series. I think I’d keep it if it were in good shape and I had space. After Surfin’ USA (ie. Worldcat), I see that a lot of libraries own this book.  Pair it with a biography of the band One Direction and you’re covered.  If it never, ever circulates after a few years, though, it’s a candidate for the chopping block. (And by chopping block I mean book sale.)

Help Me, Rhonda. Help Me Weed!


More Celebrity Fun:

Say “Bye Bye Bye” to this one

Aaron’s Party

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

Boy Bands

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Cruzin’ with the Tooz

Crusin’ with the Tooz

Thanks to one of ALB’s twitter people, this title was suggested as a candidate. I really didn’t know who John Matuszak was, but  I just wanted a closer look at the bad boy pirate on the cover.  According to the Wikipedia article, Matuszak was  a football player (mostly with the Oakland Raiders) and an all around partying bad boy. He also started acting in a few semi-memorable 80s movies (Goonies) and TV. Shortly after this was published, Matuszak died of a drug overdose.

I suppose this has a place somewhere in some library, but I doubt it needs to be in mine. I would weed it in a heartbeat. Raiders fans might think differently. Any Matuszak fans want to weigh in?

I think I will check the catalog for Goonies and re-live the 80s.


More Celebrity Bios:

Super TV Stars

Do you really want to hurt me?

Keeping up with Bruce Jenner

Even More Juice!

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