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So you KNOW you are destined to rock... well you're in luck -- all you need is this book! (Please note musical talent, bandmates, a car for touring, and an uncle who owns a record label might also help.) An original blend of nonfiction how-to's about all things DIY rock created by an indie-circuit veteran with a knack for hysterical snark, PUNK ROCK ETIQUETTE teaches you everything from how to ...
So you KNOW you are destined to rock... well you're in luck -- all you need is this book! (Please note musical talent, bandmates, a car for touring, and an uncle who owns a record label might also help.) An original blend of nonfiction how-to's about all things DIY rock created by an indie-circuit veteran with a knack for hysterical snark, PUNK ROCK ETIQUETTE teaches you everything from how to pick your bandmates and choose a name (Never deliberately misspell your band's name. C how lame it lookz?), to detailed guides on screenprinting your own merch, and interviews and advice from studio owners about the do's and don'ts of recording. PUNK ROCK ETIQUETTE is an unfiltered peek backstage that will appeal to aspiring musicians and anyone who's curious about what goes on in the hours between the last chord and the next big show.
Gr 8 Up
From the first steps of forming a band through going on tour, Punk Rock Etiquette provides how-to advice on aspects of the indie and underground music scene. Nichols's narrative has a "been there and done that" tone and borders on the cheesy, as it at times tries too hard to use teen slang, but his advice is valuable even beyond the rock environment. Suggestions are offered for silk screening posters and T-shirts, designing Web pages, and using social networking sites to help create a brand, all of which could apply as easily to poetry-slam hosts and other creative groups as to rockers. For would-be performers, the author provides sage advice on recording and tips on touring, from what vehicles to use to what to pack. Parents and advisors should be aware that tour tips include sleeping in cars while traveling cross country or staying at the homes of strangers, practices that seem unsafe, particularly for teens. In areas where many students are hoping to make their way in the music world, however, the good advice is valuable and will appeal to a broad audience. The illustrations, spread throughout, are most successful in the comic of one band's road trip in the middle of the book. In other places, the animal characters are so cute that it is hard to tell if Nichols is being ironic, which would appeal to his audience, or if he felt that the cuteness would gel with the punk rock style.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
Posted November 7, 2011
Posted May 18, 2010
Probably one of the most helpful, easy to read, how-to books on the market. Punk Rock Etiquette is great for freetime reading, or for actually trying to get a band up and going. I saw this in the public library in my city and thought it looked interesting. I read it in 2 days. IT's easy to read, and entertaining. HUmor is very well mixed in to it. I think this may be one of the BEST books I had EVER read. WEll, thats biased because I myself am the drummer in a band (The Earth Puppets)and this is going to be a major part of our bands system. It will help with all aspects of our bands future. I think every band out there that is striving to become big should own a copy or at least read it once. I know I'm definitely going to buy one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2008
"Punk Rock Etiquette" is the ultimate guide for anyone looking to start a band. It gives the basics on everything from finding and choosing bandmates, findings gigs, making your own merchandise, and touring. The book is full of useful advice on stage and touring etiquette, and tells you why these guidelines are so important. The biggest thing that makes this book stand out from other books on these topics, is that it is entertaining. There are many books on how to start a band and how to print your own shirts, but they tend to be very dry and clinical. That's not punk rock! Travis Nichols doesn't dwell on a topic longer than necessary, and the book flows nicely. The writing has the feel of a friend who has been there sitting you down and telling you what you need to know.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2012
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