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The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom
     

The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom

by Jessica Hopper
 

From greats like Patti Smith and Joan Jett to legends-in-the-making like Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, girls want to rock. They want to start bands, write songs, get up on stage, and kick out the jams. Here's the book to teach them how. Written by an obsessive music lover who's spent her life playing, performing, publicizing, and writing about rock 'n' roll, The

Overview

From greats like Patti Smith and Joan Jett to legends-in-the-making like Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, girls want to rock. They want to start bands, write songs, get up on stage, and kick out the jams. Here's the book to teach them how. Written by an obsessive music lover who's spent her life playing, performing, publicizing, and writing about rock 'n' roll, The Girls' Guide To Rocking is a hip, inspirational guide for rad girls who want to make their rock dreams come true.

It's everything a rocking girl needs to know: how to choose the right instrument for you, where to shop for instruments and where to avoid. How to get your band together and keep it together—tips on playing in a band with your friends and staying friends. How to turn your bedroom into a soundproof practice space. Giving your band the right name, plus a cautionary glossary of overused words (Wolf, Star, Crystal, Earth, etc.). How to set-up and promote your own shows. The freedom of going solo, and how to handle performing alone in the spotlight. Songwriting tips, with eight prompts to get the lyrics flowing. The ins and outs of recording, whether at home or in a studio. Taking care of business: publicizing your band, making T-shirts, legalese and the creative personality, and the four signs that say "time to hire a manager"—in other words, you've arrived.

Includes a girls-in-rock timeline, essential listening lists, and quotes from the greats: Nina Simone, Hayley Williams, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Brownstein, Amy Lee, Kim Gordon, and more. Now get out there and rule the world.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This highly informational and inspiring do-it-yourself resource will guide girls toward their rocker dreams. It will also appeal to the young-at-heart who dream of being a rock star and readers and researchers of girl culture. —Elizabeth M. Wavle, Elmira College Library, NY
VOYA - Angelica Delgado
Whether inspired by School of Rock, Guitar Hero, or even High School Musical, every young musician should know how to begin the rock-and-roll journey. Hopper's excellent how-to guide is no cheap trick; the author leaves no rolling stone unturned as she tackles the formidable task of guiding the reader through the music creation process. Hopper lays it all out for amateurs or seasoned professionals, from the basics of purchasing a drum kit and creating concert promotion posters to the more complex behavioral mechanics of balancing band harmony while maintaining an individual style. The title is a misnomer. This excellent step-by-step handbook is a boon to any music lover, regardless of gender. The chatty, conversational tone keeps things light enough for leisure reading. The helpful, detailed index can pinpoint exactly where to go for a quick reference. Plentiful sidebars, music recommendation lists; easy do-it-yourself instructions (for example, soundproofing a bedroom with readily available materials); and inspiring quotations from folks in the biz make the book relatively free of kinks. The final appendix is a "rock profile," fill-in-the-blanks worksheet—always a clash with libraries—but it is a minor flaw. Hooper's book remains an invaluable addition to any music collection. Reviewer: Angelica Delgado
Library Journal

Popular music and culture critic and former girl rocker Hopper provides girls who want to rock with all the insider information and tips about starting a rock band. Hopper takes it from the top with details about choosing and learning to play the guitar, bass, drum set, and piano, as well as how to work with amps, microphones, and speakers; assembling and naming the band; practicing and learning songs; recording a solid demo; booking and publicizing performances and touring; and playing a killer show. With checklists, work sheets, and recommended reading and listening lists, Hopper also includes inspirational quotes from music legends such as Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Pat Benatar, and Nancy Wilson. Hopper provides practical information that will make parents happy, too, including how to soundproof the garage for the band's practices. VERDICT This highly informational and inspiring do-it-yourself resource will guide girls toward their rocker dreams. It will also appeal to the young-at-heart who dream of being a rock star and readers and researchers of girl culture.—Elizabeth M. Wavle, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY


—Elizabeth M. Wavle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761151418
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/04/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 18 Years

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"The Girl's Guide to Rocking is valuable for anyone whether you want to start a basement punk band or become a pop star. This book made me want to go back in time and start a new band." –Gregg Gillis, Girl Talk

Meet the Author

Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic whose work regularly appears in Chicago Reader, LA Weekly, SPIN, ANP and Chicago Tribune and has also been included in DaCapo's Best of Music Writing 2004, 2005 and 2007. She is also the music consultant for the public radio show, This American Life. Her widely-anthologized essay, "Emo: Where the Girls Aren't" was described as "influential" by The New York Times.

Holding fast to the music-is-my-life credo, Hopper has also done time as a tour manager, band publicist, DJ, touring bassist, Girls Rock Camp booster, and fanzine publisher. She lives in Chicago.

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