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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (June 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761151419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761151418
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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"Jessica Hopper is smart, sassy, and knows what she’s talking about. The Girls' Guide to Rocking is like a good song—catchy, fun, and insightful. May a thousand new bands be launched by this book." –Karla Schickele, Founder & Executive Director, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Harris on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Your book is amazing. I think you should talk to the publisher about doing another run with a different cover that shows a stressed out, slightly overweight mid-30s mom with a dated outfit and a toddler on her hip. It makes me want to start a band! I can play my 2 year old son's miniature instruments. Really, really outstanding. My own mom was also very impressed. She flipped through it and said, "wow, there's a lot of words in here!" Oh, moms.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Hiller on July 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Hopper's book is beyond essential for anyone (young or older, girl/woman or boy/man) who is even remotely interested in picking up an instrument, starting a band, writing a song, playing shows, self-promoting, purchasing equipment or any myriad of other rockish-related endeavors. Not only is THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO ROCKING brilliantly organized, it effortlessly tackles what is a broad subject thoroughly and in great, great detail--without being mired in non-essential minutia. Hopper's voice is, as always, hilarious, conversational and encouraging, and she does what so few books geared towards teens do--SHE SPEAKS TO THE READER WITH THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE READER IS SMART, CAPABLE AND CREATIVE. Nothing is dumbed down, yet nothing is assumed so that no question or concept appears to be too "beginner".

We all start from somewhere, and Hopper takes great pains to reiterate that, no matter whether or not you have ever even seen a photo of a guitar before, you can do this. You can be creative. You can throw yourself into writing an entire concept album about pandas on the run from an alien monster named Rocko, and you can teach yourself how to execute said album via playing your grandma's untuned mandolin with a spoon, and you can record it on your cell phone if you want to, and you know what? That is productive and creative, and nobody should tell you that your concept album sucks, because you made it, and it's great.

There is technical info in here that I, a 30 year-old woman who has been in the business for half my life (I started booking shows and playing in bands and making a fanzine when I was around fifteen), didn't know. I learned about various pedals whose uses had previously been a mystery to me, and about different four tracks, and how to clean a drum kit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James R. Nelson on June 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is the jam! It's a funny, bold and totally sweet guide on how to start your own band. It covers everything from buying your own instruments to writing lyrics and songs and going on tour to bring your genius to the people! There are even lists of the best records to buy to get yourself inspired. How cool is that?!? Put down Rock Band 2 and pick up this book, and the world of rocking will be yours. In 10 years, the best bands in America will have been taught by this book. Guaranteed!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Rose on June 16, 2009
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I loved this book. It in an excellent guide for young girls and answers all of the questions they might have and gives them the confidence to follow their musical ambitions. When I was starting my first all-girl band as a young teenager, I always felt like the boys I knew had this basic knowledge of how to book shows for their bands, play musical instruments, record their own music, etc. I longed for a resource like this book and think that future generations of young female musicians will benefit greatly because of it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 20, 2009
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First of all, THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO ROCKING isn't just for girls. Its target audience might be girls who are interested in starting a band, but there's so much great information in this book that it's a useful tool for anyone who wants to make music. In fact, if you have to buy a gift for a guy who rocks, I'd almost suggest that you get this book and use a piece of electrical tape to cover up the word GIRLS' on the cover. Explain away the duct tape by saying the book is punk or distressed or something. The only other way he can tell this book was written for girls is that the rock star quotes are from women, but no one should complain about getting rock career advice from the likes of Patti Smith and Amy Lee.

THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO ROCKING is packed from cover to cover with everything a budding rock star needs to know. It starts with instruments, including which ones are most commonly associated with rock bands, brands available, finding a teacher, and much more. There's a chapter on putting a band together, keeping it together, rehearsals, and even how to come up with a catchy name. Technical information about writing songs and recording music is provided for more advanced readers who are looking to take the next steps in fulfilling their rock dreams.

The book even includes an appendix about how to use the recording software GarageBand. There is also a whole chapter on finding and booking gigs, which includes cheap, creative ideas for making posters and band merchandise.

This comprehensive guide has something to offer a wide variety of musicians, regardless of their goals. Beginners who just want to buy a second-hand guitar and pick out a few chords will get tips for where and how to find decent used equipment.
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