My latest column for BitchBuzz is a review of a book that I sooooooo wish I had when I was a teen, though it’s incredibly useful even now. I just want to see an explosion of girl bands after The Runaways movie opens tomorrow (oh yes, I am so going to be in the audience at the first show!). Buy this book for a girl you know!
When The Runaways movie opens this Friday, girls across the globe will doubtless be inspired to start their own bands like those plucky gals back in the 1970s (oh god, let’s hope they don’t bring back the fashions).
Fortunately, those girls have an excellent guide to make that impulse a reality. With a pull quote from Joan Jett on its cover, The Girls’ Guide to Rocking asserts its authenticity, which it lives up to in the accessible yet detailed information inside.
Where was this book when I was a teen?! Jessica Hopper knows of what she speaks and has assembled an astute guide to everything you need to know in order to make the dream of being a rock-n-roll star real. The book is gorgeously designed with (green not pink, hurrah!) sidebars with photos of rock stars (many, but not all of them, women) and inspiring pull quotes as well as checklists for the various topics. It’s written in lively and direct prose that will engage a young reader, though she’ll probably flip around a lot to find what she needs at any given moment…
Read the rest at BBHQ and really, buy a copy!
I’m in the midst of a non-stop week of events and tasks: the days are just packed. Much writing to do, more mundane work as well, and only the same amount of time in which to do it. On the plus side, I saw a draft of the new cover for Pelzmantel by artist Ruby that just made me swoon with delight. Ruby designs the most of the covers for Storm’s books, so she was my first choice. Hurrah! I’m so excited for the June release, but there is much to get done before then, including the essay on medieval magic. It’s coming along, but I’ve been working on it piecemeal, so I need to sit down with it and make sure it’s actually coherent.
It takes all the running I can do just to stay in the same place these days…