Bandalism: The Rock Group Survival Guide

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Music - 256 pages
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Bandalism [ban-d?l-i-z?m] n .: the willful or malicious destruction of, or damage to, the fabric of a rock/pop/indie group brought about by one or more of its members

Axl Rose's monumental meltdowns . . . Kurt Cobain's tragic band-slaying suicide: The long history of platinum-selling überband implosions is more dramatic than a Russian novel. But even local cover bands can suffer the ill effects of the limelight.

Multi-rock-band veteran Julian Ridgway's Bandalism is a can't-miss guide to rock 'n' roll survival, offering sage advice on how to avoid the pitfalls that can doom your group. Here's how to:

  • Find nonpsycho band members
  • Craft the perfect band image
  • Choose a name that doesn't suck

And much more, including the handy Healthy Band Checklist, an ideal MySpace profile generator, and the Second Album Venn Diagram.

 

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Contents

1The Right Band
1
2Getting It Together
51
3The First Album
99
4The Difficult Second Album And Beyond
151
5Breaking Up Is So Very Hard To Do
187
SummarySo What have We Learned overall?
226
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About the author (2009)

Julian Ridgway is an Oxford graduate and a veteran of at least a dozen bands who researches rock photographs and writes for a host of magazines. Born in Leicester, England, he now lives in London.

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