Rock and Roll Baby Names
Over 2,000 Music-Inspired Names, from Alison to Ziggy
By Margaret Eby
(Gotham, Paperback, 9781592406951, 352pp.)
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
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Everything an expectant music-lover needs to know about the lyrics, band trivia, and other rock-and-roll factoids linked to thousands of popular baby names.
What do we know about Caroline? Neil Diamond says she's sweet and The Beach Boys say she prefers short hair when she's older. And what about guys named Victor? Prince and Blondie say Victor is possibly a saint, but also flees from the law. Offering the rock-and-roll definitions of these and dozens more popular names, the wildly popular Rock 'n' Roll Baby Name Dictionary post on Flavorwire drew over fifty thousand hits days after it was launched. Now its creator, pop-culture writer Margaret Eby, rolls out the complete encyclopedia, from Alison to Ziggy and everyone in between.
Rock and Roll Baby Names lets every music-savvy parent discover a name's role in rock history. Each entry explains a classical definition and a definition of the name from song lyrics, along with fun "liner notes" about the featured song or band. Sidebars include Best Punk Rock Names for Boys and Weirdest Rock Star Children's Names, with quizzes such as Which Rebel Name Should You Give Your Girl? Every modern baby-from the Girl Next Door to the Rebels and Renegades-will find a legendary legacy in these pages.
Margaret Eby is a contributing editor at Flavorwire, where she writes about music and pop culture. Her music obsession began when she was a DJ at WBAR, Barnard College's campus radio station. Formerly a reporter for The New York Post, she has also contributed to Salon, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Raised in Alabama, she now lives in Brooklyn.