Communications professor rocks America's youth

For Brian J. Bowe, visiting professor of communications, the rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere has played an important role in both his childhood and as a successful author today.

In the last three years Bowe has written three books that are a part of Enslow Publishers’ “Rebels of Rock” series of books targeted for fifth graders. Each book covers the history of a particular band and the significance it has in the music pantheon for the younger audiences.

“Judas Priest: Metal Gods” was published in 2009, “The Clash: Punk Rock Band” and “Ramones: American Punk Rock Bands” were both published in 2010. Bowe said he grew up as a punk rock kid and the bands he wrote about were very influential on his childhood and shaping his outlook on the world. “I like the idea that other youngsters may be turned onto the energy and ‘do it yourself’ way of looking at the world,” he said.

Each book took approximately a year to complete and involved a lot of research and revision. “It was hard but a lot of fun at the same time,” said Bowe.

Working as a rock scribe has been a major part of Bowe’s career. He also co-edited the anthology “CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” (2007, Harper/Collins) and published an essay in the book “Iggy & the Stooges: The Authorized & Illustrated Story” (2009, Abrams).

Bowe has plans for another rock book targeted at a more adult audience. “Writing for children is an interesting sort of dance but I don’t want those kinds of limitations while writing my next book,” he said.

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