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The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom Paperback – June 4, 2009
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About the Author
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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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. I read inspiring quotes from female musicians from Joan Jett to Etta James. I learned about a few different ways to soundproof a room.
From sample letters on how to pitch your band to the press to ideas about how to start brainstorming a song, Hopper truly, truly covers everything in a way that I have honestly never, EVER seen in any book for kids, teens or adults. Not only that, she does it in a ridiculously entertaining, inspiring, easy-to-understand way that makes the business of making music sound like what it should be: something really, really fun that ANYONE can do, regardless of their existing skill set or experience. If you have the heart or the desire, you can start learning how to play an instrument and you can form a band TODAY. Like, this afternoon. And you should never, ever let anyone tell you any differently, intimidate you, or make you feel negatively about what you are doing and what you're trying to learn.
AN ESSENTIAL READ. THE END.
In "The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How To Start a Band, Book Gigs, And Get Rolling to Rock Stardom" (238 pages), author Jessica Hopper (herself a musician, among other things) brings a boatload of practical tips on how to get started, and I mean starting from scratch. How to pick out and find an instrument ("I bought my first guitar when I was fifteen. I found it by calling around stores and asking for the cheapest guitar they carried.") Whether music lessons make sense and are worth the money ("I sat in a basement for haf an hout watching a very frustrated ancient dude try to teach me the lamest classic rock beginner tune of all times 'Smoke on the Water', a song I didn't know and didn't want to know, from an era of music I hated. I never bothered with my third lesson.") How to land a gig ("When you go see bands, introduce yourself and say you have a band and that you think you'd be good on a bill with them.) And on and on. Tons of hands-on tips.
The overbearing theme of the book is that when you start a band, you main thing is to have some fun. WIthout it, there is no point to it. The latter part of the book takes things a bit more up-level (such as what to do when a label expresses interest in your band (get a good lawyer!). Overall, I found this very enjoyable reading. My daughter did a lot of the things that the author talks about here, scored some local gigs, issued a couple of EPs, got a band website, etc. It seemed to me she had a lot of fun doing during those HS days, even if it never lead to "rock stardom" (not that that was the main goal anyway).
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