Prepare to be astonished, bewildered, and stupefied by the tantalizing tidbits of music history collected by master historian Rick Beyer! Did you know about: The ballet that sparked a riot? The rock star who became an astrophysicist? The song that saved Wheaties? The man killed by his own conducting? The controversy behind "Mary Had a Little Lamb"? These and other amazing stories all live together in one delightful volume that encompasses jazz, classical music, country, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, show tunes, composers, band names, song lyrics, instruments, technology, controversies, and much more. The perfect resource for the music buff or for the teacher looking to liven up the music class with true tales from the forgotten past.