Start your own rock and roll band: What was that book from the late 60s?
January 24, 2013 7:47 PM Subscribe
Back in the late 70s, I found a how-to book (ca.1967) at the local library about starting a rock and roll band. What was that book???
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It gave advice on how to create a rock and roll band, I'm guessing aimed at kids that were about the age I was at the time. I was in 6th or 7th grade when I found the book, about '78-'80. Even though the book itself was only about 10 or 12 years old at the time, it seemed to me ridiculously dated to me even then.
It had a few parts. One followed a nascent band of young mop-topped men, covering things like how they should dress, following them on a trip to Manny's in NYC to buy instruments, and advising how they needed a little gimmick to distinguish themselves. In this case, as exotic ethnic instruments like sitar were spicing pop songs at the time, the band chose to utilize a Greek bouzouki in their music, which I think also reflected the roots of one of the band members.
Another part profiled several successful bands of the time, like The Beau Brummels and Spanky and Our Gang, and their rise to fame. Amusing because several of the bands were somewhat obscure/mostly forgotten already by the time I got a hold of the book.
I think there was also a section covering musical instrument brands, buyers tips and such.
Does this ring any bells for anyone here? I've done some searches over the years via used book sellers, but have come up with no leads. Lacking a title or author, I get nothing but false leads. with subject matter.