Friday, October 22, 2010

Rockin Reads for Teens Read Week: Non Fiction!

Now that you've spent the week getting great suggestions of books to read about OTHER people living their musical dreams. Maybe you want to try some books that show you how to do the music making yourself. This is only the beginning of our selections of books on this subject, so if you want to rock, come on in and we can help you find the tools to play better, louder and for more people.

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 Girls' Guide To Rocking "is a hip, inspirational guide for rad girls who want to make their rock dreams come true.

Punk Rock Etiquette: the ultimate how-to guide for punk,; underground, DIY, and indie bands
by Travis Nichols
Looking to start an underground band? Don't make a move until you've read this book
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.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Guitar Songs
With more than 30 rock songs by popular artists--from Santana to Hoobastank--this songbook uses simplified arrangements and technique tips, so one can play Van Halen and Led Zeppelin without the intimidating solos and riffs.

These reviews are from BookLetters.

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