Monday, June 3, 2013

Santa Cruz Bans Rock and Roll: Books that Rock

One of the super-fun things about doing this site is picking the theme for each day. I have spent a lot of time going through History Channel's "This Day in History" feature, finding an event I can come up with 9 books about.

Anyway, that's how I learned that on this day in 1956, Santa Cruz banned the playing of rock music at public gatherings because it was "Detrimental to both the health and morals of our youth and community."

Can you imagine? Obviously, the only thing to do is to turn your stereo to 11 while reading one of these books:


Born to Rock by Gordon Korman. Leo (4.0 GPA, Young Republican) is horrified to discover his biological father is the lead singer of Purge and a punk rock legend. Leo wants to go to Harvard, but needs to find a way to pay, so he takes a job as Purge's roadie, hoping his father will cover tuition in the fall.

Garage Band by Gipi, translated from the Italian by Spectrum. Giuliano’s father has loaned them a garage to practice in, as long as the guys stay out of trouble. The guys all have troubles of their own and cling to the band as the escape they need. They have a chance to make it big, but their amp blows at a crucial moment, so they have to steal a new one.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. Remy's mother is a romance writer who's on husband #5. Remy likes dating, but she's not one for relationships, but when she meets rocker Dexter enters, she can't get rid of him.


Perry's Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber. Perry had to skip their first paying gig, but his band Inchworm is still going, and they're on tour in Italy. Gobi said she'd meet Perry at Harry's Bar in Venice one day, so since he's in town, he stops by. Once again, Gobi sweeps into an adventure that ends with a serious body count. This is a sequel to Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, which you'll want to read first.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman. Years ago, Adam's girlfriend was in a car accident that killed her entire family. She got better, she went to Julliard, and she never looked back. Adam took the pain of losing Mia's family, of losing Mia even though she lived, and wrote a hit record. But on tour for the follow-up, his anxiety is keeping him apart from the band and they're in danger of break up. And then he runs into Mia again... start with If I Stay.

Rock On: A story of guitars, gigs, girls, and a brother (not necessarily in that order) by Denise Vega. Ori is excited by his garage band, Band To Be Named Later, the upcoming battle of the bands, and the fact that his brother is in college an Ori's no longer in his shadow. But when Del returns home, his high school glory gone, he thinks he can take some of Ori's instead...


Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg by Arne Bellstorf. Before Sullivan, the Beatles played in Hamburg. But, it wasn't just John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Stuart Sutcliffe was still a part of the band then. Then he met photographer Astrid Kirchherr. This graphic novel is Astrid and Stuart's story.

So Punk Rock: And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother by Micol Ostrow, illustrated by David Ostrow. In order to be cooler, Ari starts a band at his Jewish day school. It's a motley crew of misfits, but they seriously rock. If only they could find away around school, parents, and romantic issues. Parts of it are told in graphic novel format, which works very well.

Rock Star by Adrian Chamberlain. When Duncan joins a metal band, he sees it as his first step to cool. Soon, he's ditched his friends, gotten a new look, and trying to live the rock-and-roll lifestyle. But his dad's new girlfriend and her brother know what it takes to be a real rock star, and Duncan has a way to go.

For more books that rock, check out our list on Grammy day. What books would you add?

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