Sunday, January 13, 2013

Are You Ready to Rock?!

While I generally don't listen to punk music, I have to admit that I love books about that world, and the people in it. Here are three of my favorites.

Born to Rock - Gordon Korman
Conservative, buttoned-down teenager Leo Caraway discovers that his real dad is a punk-rock legend. To his horror, Dear Old Dad wants to spend a summer together. On tour with a  punk band, getting into the kind of trouble that could threaten his admission to an Ivy League, Leo comes to a whole new understanding of music, family, and himself.

Five Flavors of Dumb - John Antony
Teen rock band Dumb (yep, that's their name) has just won Seattle's Battle of the Bands, but internally, they're a mess. School outsider Piper takes a dare from the narcissistic lead singer to get them organized and on the way to stardom, or at least to paying gigs. Unfortunately, she doesn't know anything about keeping a band together. Or for that matter, anything about rock. Oh, and she's deaf, too. Yep. This should be interesting.
Fat Kid Rules the World - K.L. Going
Seventeen-year-old Troy is nearly 300 pounds, and doesn't feel like he has anything to live for. Then homeless musician Curt thwarts his suicide attempt and promptly recruits him to be the drummer in his band. Suddenly, Troy has a purpose in life, but he's getting more and more worried about Curt.

Now, if you want the real thing to listen to while you devour these books, check out our Rhythm and News blog, where they're sure to have some tracks for you.

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