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King of Pop

Michael Jackson : music’s living legend
Reaching for the Stars series

Submitter: Holy buckets.  I found this unfortunately titled biography while doing some clean-up in our catalog – this was in a high school library, although with any luck not for much longer.  The subtitle is enough to make anyone cringe, and there’s even an address in the back so you can write to MJ and send him all your fan mail!  At the time this book was written and published, his album “Dangerous” wasn’t even out yet.  This is why you need to weed your biographies with wild abandon, people.  URGH. And check out all the other candidates for weeding with the series listing on the back of the book!

Holly: Oh yeah, some excellent weeding choices back there!  This could have been weeded a good ten or fifteen years ago.  I’m with you – dump it and replace with something that encompasses his full life and works.  The title is definitely unfortunate!

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Pop Music Superstars

Great Pop Stars

What a totally groovy book! This showed up on my doorstep thanks to an active ALB spy in an unnamed public library. I was a young teen when this came out but I am sure if my library had it I would have checked it out at every opportunity. Maybe I did. I am rather old and forget quite a bit…

I think this particular book has done its duty many times over.  The number of pages torn and mended (and re-mended) speaks of many circs.  My favorite repair is a picture of John and Yoko that had a big slice/rip through it.  Someone in tech services made a faded copy from another book and pieced it all together.  I am figuring some Beatles fan got crazy and sliced up poor Yoko. This is a great item for any library music collection back in the day and it might even have merit today for those of us in a certain age group.  I certainly loved trying my best to remember band names and songs.  Test your memory with some of the pages.


PS. Since Davy Jones passed away yesterday, I thought it would be nice to put this post up today. Jones was one of my first tween crushes.  Also, Daydream Believer is one of the best songs EVER! RIP, Davy!

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The hottest sibling pair since Donny and Marie!

Kristy and Jimmy
TV’s Talented McNichols

Remember these kids?  I was a huge fan of Family and “Buddy” for that matter, back in dark days of the 1970s. I lost track of these kids until the other day when this book showed up in a donation pile for my library.  Of course I felt old since only people over 40 seemed to know who these kids were. I had no idea that these crazy kids had teen idol status and musical aspirations.  Perhaps I am not as cool as I think.


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