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Summer Means Music

The July 5th Wrock concert at the Oakland library happened right outside my window.  I didn’t get to watch any of the bands,  but I could hear them.  Obviously, everyone had a blast.  Who doesn’t love a free concert in the summer?  And whether you missed it or you want an encore, you’re in luck — there’s another one on Friday, July 29th.

I kind of have music on the brain right now, because I’m also reading this book –

Five Flavors of Dumb, by Antony John

Piper has somehow become the manager of the band Dumb, and she has a month to get them a paying gig.   The only problem is that they’re terrible… and Piper happens to be deaf.  But she’s not about to let anything stop her.  (I haven’t finished this one yet, so don’t spoil it for me!)

Which reminded me of this other one, which I love –

Fat Kid Rules The World, by K. L. Going

Troy is the Fat Kid, and until he met homeless teen rock star Curt McCrae, he most certainly did not rule the world.  But then Curt decided to turn Troy into a drummer, whether Troy liked it or not.  (And even Troy wasn’t sure about that.)  But once Troy starts seeing the world through the eyes of a Rock God, it has consequences for Curt that he didn’t necessarily intend.

If you like your fiction a little more dystopian, you might be interested in this one –

The Last Days, by Scott Westerfeld

As the world slowly comes to an end, Pearl, Moz, and Zahler are struggling to form a new band.  Can they get it together in time to fight the apocalypse?  This not-quite-sequel is set in the world of Westerfeld’s Peeps.

Of course, rock isn’t just for wizards and other fictional characters.  You too can be in a band,  and possibly even play gigs on the library lawn someday.  If you want to know where to start, try one of these books – Rock Groups — Vocational Guidance.


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