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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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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With inside information on all aspects of rocking, this guide is a necessary handbook for any aspiring Alicia Keys or Joan Jett. While starting a band is hardly a unique idea for a teenager, the details on how to go about it are rarely covered in band camp or the slew of summer movies. Hopper gives vital information on old standbys, such as how to advertise for bandmates and pick a name, and talks about what to look for in equipment (and how to get the best for your budget) and how to land a gig. This book gives advice on how to approach both music and the music industry with realistic expectations, while at the same time stressing that, whether teens are starting a band as a fun distraction or to answer a musical calling, the whole point is to be creative. Useful for any teen interested in music (yes, even boys if you can get them past the title!), this book is packed with information that can take readers through almost any stage of making the band.--Coleman, Tina Copyright 2009 Booklist