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Children's LiteratureThis is one title in the nonfiction series "Rock Music Library." The series is designed to explain the process of entering the world of rock bands. The books utilize a simple format of four short chapters followed by a hands-on activity, a glossary, further references, and an index. Colorful photographs capture the actions of band members as they go through the necessary operations that precede a concert appearance. In Forming a Band, readers learn how some famous rock bands got their start. Terms such as solo artist and audition are explained. Naming your band can be a dilemma, so hints are offered as to how some bands have chosen (and changed) their names. The process of advertising for and auditioning band members is discussed. There are certain decisions a band must make together regarding music choices, appearance, practice times and places, and general goals. Finally, the author gives suggestions for how to create and advertisement for band member auditions. This straightforward presentation is supported by short bits about real bands that will engage readers who are interested in rock music careers. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 10 to 14.
— Carol E. Lynch