Passionate about music from an early age, Jeffrey Schwartz played piano, guitar, and sang throughout his childhood. While attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mr. Schwartz studied Black Music History with renowned jazz bassist Richard Davis for two years, played in a few short-lived rock bands, and managed a live music venue for several years.
After earning his Social Studies teaching credential and a Master's degree in Education, Schwartz settled in Los Angeles where he taught U.S. History and developed a very successful course in Rock & Roll History for middle school and high school students. An award-winning educator, he continues to work with several rock photographers and media publishers. 'The Rock & Roll Alphabet' marks Mr. Schwartz's debut as an author. He also edited and compiled the fine-art photography book, Forever Young: The Rock and Roll Photography of Chuck Boyd, which was released in 2012 by Santa Monica Press.
Chuck Boyd was a professional photographer who worked along the west coast in the 1960's and 1970's. After getting his start with Los Angeles music publication KRLA Beat as a staff photographer in 1965, Chuck quickly developed friendships with dozens of rock stars and found himself in the center of the burgeouning LA rock scene. From Aretha to Zappa, Chuck captured over 30,000 images during his career and his archives are a virtual who's-who in rock and roll history. Sadly, he died in 1992 before the majority of his photographs could be cataloged and shared with the public. After years in obscurity, this children's primer includes 30 historic images that have been provided by Chuck Boyd Photo Collection.