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The Ultimate How-to Guide for DIY, Punk, Underground, and Indie Bands

by Travis Nichols

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59643-415-8
Publisher: Flash Point/Roaring Brook

In a breezy but firm tone, Nichols dispenses his message of what being in a self-made band is all about—definitely not a gig for conceited poseurs craving audience adoration. Pulling no punches, the author warns, “In the underground music scene, you’ll be carrying your own equipment.” Practical recommendations about promoting, organizing and touring mingle with advice that moves quickly from copyrighting music to building websites and selling original T-shirts along with other merchandise. The author knows his turf; many segments are anecdotal, but he also seems to be looking back with a degree of nostalgia, which results in a few hiccups. MySpace is briefly mentioned as a promotional tool but equal attention is given to paper flyers, and the how-to-pack-a-van section fails to mention including a laptop. The slim volume’s most worthwhile advice zeroes in on organizing setups, knowing the guy running the soundboard and courtesy to other bands. Geared to musicians with a passion for shredding, the work’s coolest message is, “You came to rock, so ROCK!” (Nonfiction. YA)