Girls Rock: How to Get Your Group Together and Make Some Noise

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Don’t most teens and tweens dream of starting a band? Sure they do, and girls are no exception. Girls Rock! gives girls the 411 on gathering bandmates, choosing instruments, selecting a name, and organizing rehearsals. Want to know what to play, where to spread the word, and how to record music and share it with the world? But what if things get, like, weird? No prob, there are even tips on solving issues within the group. Insights from female musicians tell readers about the fun along the way, from the first ...
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Overview

Don’t most teens and tweens dream of starting a band? Sure they do, and girls are no exception. Girls Rock! gives girls the 411 on gathering bandmates, choosing instruments, selecting a name, and organizing rehearsals. Want to know what to play, where to spread the word, and how to record music and share it with the world? But what if things get, like, weird? No prob, there are even tips on solving issues within the group. Insights from female musicians tell readers about the fun along the way, from the first music lesson to the first big gig. This empowering book shows young women everywhere how to stop watching and start living large. Don’t just watch reality shows that feature new talent—be part of that new reality. Rock on, rock out, and get Girls Rock!
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VOYA - Alissa Lauzon
Robyn Goodmark, aka Sprout from the all-girl hip-hop band Northern State, creates a resource guide for girls considering forming a band of their own. Goodmark covers everything from the beginning stages of finding members and choosing a band name through playing gigs, marketing, and recording music. In providing what is essentially a guide for beginners, Goodmark focuses primarily on information for the early stages of a band's career, although she touches on aspects of professional managers and recording deals with major labels. Goodmark's casual tone makes this title an easy read for the true beginner. A seasoned music veteran (her group has recorded three albums and been featured on the television show Grey's Anatomy), Goodmark is frank and honest about the harsher realities of trying to make it in the industry, including the costs that band members should expect to encounter ("rock ain't free"). In addition to the tips and advice Goodmark supplies, each chapter includes quotes and advice from other female musicians. Although her advice is geared toward all girl bands, it is applicable to mixed-gender bands as well, although guys will be unlikely to pick up the bright pink book. Established bands will not find a lot in here, but those rocker girls just getting started will find a lot of helpful information. Reviewer: Alissa Lauzon
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This informative book includes an awesome introduction by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and is written by Goodmark, aka Sprout, of the female hip-hop group Northern State. It shows the ins, outs, and good and bad things that come with starting a band and making it successful. Even though the title might imply that rock is the focus here, other genres of music are heavily referenced. The conversational tone and quizzes throughout give the presentation the feel of a teen magazine. Readers will learn about everything that needs to be done-from deciding what kind of band they want to planning a first rehearsal, feeling comfortable onstage, and dealing with tough personal situations that inevitably come up. Clever cartoon illustrations appear throughout; they are especially helpful in explaining the difference between the different kinds of amps and the right kinds of cables and cords to use. Not only does this book provide the technical assistance newbie musicians might need, but it also provides advice on choosing a band name and more emotional topics like how to find creative inspiration. This is a wonderful guide for any girl who wants to start a band but feels it might be way too difficult to even think about. Goodmark makes it all sound like a fun adventure.-Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR

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  • ISBN-13: 9780823099481
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Robyn Goodmark, aka Sprout is co-founder and member of Northern State, a female-fronted hip-hop band whose latest album, Can I Keep This Pen?, was released on Ipecac Recordings. Reviews of their albums have appeared in Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, the Onion, Rolling Stone, and Spin magazine. Robyn also teaches early childhood literacy through music, dance, and art in the New York City Public School System. When not on tour, she makes her home in New York City and Northampton Massachusetts, and you can visit her webpage at myspace.com/sproutbooks.

Adrienne Yan’s illustrations have appeared in Girl’s Life, BUST, Family Circle, YM, and many other magazines. She lives in San Francisco.

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