Reading Riot: Recommendations for Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans
To mark the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, Memphis, Tennessee (among others) will celebrate the music, movies and legacy of the king during Elvis Week 2017 Aug. 11-19. Whether you’re a fan of Elvis Presley or just like books that feature musical groups, the library has plenty to feed your rock and roll fantasies. We hope you get some inspiration from these recommendations.
Love me Tender by Audrey Couloumbis
Elvira, 13, worries about her future when her father heads to Las Vegas for an Elvis impersonator competition and her mother takes her and her younger sister to Memphis to visit a grandmother the girls have never met. “Love me Tender” is a touching story of three generations of strong, stubborn women who work to untangle the ties that bind them.
Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess
Blade never asked for the life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of a washed up rock star who hopes to make a comeback. As Blade tries to resolve painful issues from his past and navigate the challenges of his father’s addictions, tabloid rumors, and a family secret, the one true light is his girlfriend. Told through lyrical verse, it’s a passionate ode to music, family and the history of rock and roll.
Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff
Grace, who is still obsessed with the boy band Fever Dream, writes daily fan posts long after her friends lose interest. But then she unexpectedly meets band member Jes, embarks on an unlikely romance and finds herself drawn into the spotlight by a paparazzi photo.
For What It’s Worth by Janet Tashjian
Living in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon neighborhood, 14-year-old Quinn’s life has been consumed by music and the famous musicians who live nearby. But it’s 1971 and his first girlfriend, a substitute teacher, and a draft dodger help open his eyes about the Vietnam War.
Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend in “Born to Rock.”
Rock Star, Superstar by Blake Nelson
When Pete, a talented bass player, moves from playing in the high school jazz band to playing in a popular rock group, he finds the experience exhilarating even as his new fame jeopardizes his relationship with girlfriend Margaret.
Exile by Kevin Emerson
As band manager for the up-and-coming Danger Heart, Summer Carlson, 17, navigates a relationship with the lead singer and decides whether to act on information that could rocket the band to stardom.
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Although 17-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog. Eventually, however, she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Piper becomes the manager of her classmates’ popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
“The Haters” is a road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.
Girl vs. Boy Band: The Right Track by Harmony Jones
What if the hottest new boy band on the planet came to live with you? When the three noisy, mischievous rising stars come to Los Angeles to make their first album, they stay in the home of a record producer and her 7th-grade daughter. Lark is a talented but super shy singer-songwriter, who must step into the spotlight.
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Colby and his best friend’s post-high school plans have always been to tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe. But when Beth announces that she will start college after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.
The Girls’ Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom by Jessica Hopper.
Rock ‘n’ Roll by Bob Brunning
Highlights the influence of some well-known personalities in the early history of rock music, including Elvis Presley.
Rock (and read) on!
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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