For What It's Worth

For What It's Worth

by Janet Tashjian

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805093650
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Janet Tashjian is the author of many popular novels including My Life as a Book, My Life as a Stuntboy, and The Gospel According to Larry. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

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Rock and roll can change the world and save your life—and that’s just for starters. I challenge anyone on the planet to remain in a bad mood when “Gimme Shelter” comes on the radio. It’s physically impossible, right? Rock and roll can get you through a boring school year, give you something to bond over with your friends, even provide you with a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

You think I’m exaggerating? Listening to music is a critical step in growing up, as important as learning how to ride a bike with no hands. And not just rock and roll—pop, rhythm and blues, country, jazz—I don’t care what it is, I’ll listen to it. I’m like a junkie with a twenty-four-hour addiction, except the needle’s not in my arm, it’s on my turntable. Lucky for me, I live in the epicenter of the national music scene. Not just California, but Los Angeles. And not just Los Angeles, but Laurel Canyon. If you love music, there’s nowhere else to be in 1971 but here. I can sit on my front steps, throw a rock in any direction, and hit someone making music for a living. Songwriters, drummers, singers, sound engineers—I’ve trick-or-treated at their houses since grade school. My sister, Soosie, housesits for Joni Mitchell, for crying out loud. Don’t believe me? Ask Soosie to show you the scratches on her arm from Joni’s cat—the singer/songwriter might be known for writing emotionally bare songs about her love life, but her feline companion is a lot less subtle with her claws.

Where do I fit into this musical melting pot? I’m the guy who chronicles EVERYTHING in his ever-present notebook—Elton John’s first U.S. appearance at the Troubador, The Band’s newest demo, any rock-and-roll tidbit a music freak like me might want to know about. I continually make lists of songs, artists, and albums—mostly when I should be doing homework. I begged my English teacher last year to let me write a column for the school paper about the music scene called “For What It’s Worth,” based on the Buffalo Springfield song. She finally relented, and I’ve been cranking out columns and lists ever since. Just to keep in practice, I stockpiled several of them this summer too. Speaking of Joni Mitchell, I just finished one about her dumping Graham Nash while she was on vacation. Women—they’ll annihilate your heart every time.

The city is pulsing, the city is moving to an internal beat—can you hear it?

I can.


Text copyright © 2012 by Janet Tashjian

Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Adam Gustavson

Table of Contents


Title Page,
Begin Reading,
Author's Note,
Other Books by Janet Tashjian,
About the Author,

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For What It's Worth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my son who loves this author. He loved the book. He actually wrote to this author and she was kind enough to write a hand-written reply to him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book totally change my life. I already love the author and have met her but i was still slow to read this book. I wish i hadn't waited. It was amazing. You don't even have to love music to love this book i am at a loss for words - that good. As soon as i finished this book i turned off all the lights in my room put on the radio and sat in the dark thinking about the book. I am not kidding one of the best books i have read. I am in sixth grade so like 11 and up - The Bookworm Girl
mamajaneJW More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I picked this book for our mother/daughter book club because I was her age in the 70s and I wanted her to know about the culture at the time. My daughter's knowledge of the music in the book was limited, which led to much discussion and sharing about our favorite music and rock and roll history. I loved the way that this book allowed me to bond with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! I love rock music, so it was really cool to be able to read a novel starring some of the greats. The only problem was that it made me wish I lived during that time! I'm totally making a playlist for this book.