Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Book Review: Schoolhouse Rock!

This year is the fortieth anniversary of Schoolhouse Rock. If you are a child of the seventies and eighties, then you are probably familiar with the classics: Conjunction Junction, Three Is A Magic Number, I'm Just A Bill. You know the theme song: As your body grows bigger/Your mind must flower/It's great to learn/ Cause knowledge is power! And you know that Saturday morning cartoons weren't complete without Schoolhouse Rocky-- in all of his buff, geeky glory--flying across your television screen.

Schoolhouse Rock: The Official Guide documents the history of the cartoon series. David McCall, president of a top advertising agency, was frustrated that his son didn't know his multiplication tables, yet he knew all the lyrics to his favorite Rolling Stones songs. McCall challenged his jingle writers: write catchy tunes that would help his son and children across America memorize basic arithmetic. The writers weren't successful, but one of them had a jazz musician friend named Bob Dorough. Dorough was the perfect man for the job.

His first composition was Three Is A Magic Number. The song was put on a phonograph and sent to several school districts were it was tested in both urban and suburban areas. The teachers and students loved it. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Offical Guide includes lyrics and synopsis to all the Schoolhouse Rock songs. The pages are full of illustrations, trivia, and fun-facts. If you are SHR fan, this book is certainly a Buy It.

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