The Hermans: Stalking America: The Journal of an Unknown Rock and Roll Band

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Running Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 156 pages
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So you want to be a rock and roll star? There are over 30,000 rock bands in America, and most of them believe they are going to "Make It." Unfortunately most of them don't; and as such, their stories remain untold. Until now. . . .the hermans: stalking America is a hilarious and revealing peek inside the lives of your average unknown rock and roll band from Anytown, USA on the road to . . . who knows where? Presented in the form of a highly visual journal, follow along as the band first comes together as two members playing open mics, then hires two more players, chooses their band name, finds practice space, writes songs, gets gigs, endures shows with low pay and lame crowds, parties with groupies, gets better shows, and finally, hits the road as a touring band trying to make it-and hopefully take it to another level. Along the way, they have many highs and lows, including drummer Derk's vicious accident with a table saw; the subsequent fill-in appearance by drummer Mick Shrimpton of Spinal Tap; the entire band being stalked by an unstable rock groupie; the hermans' wily machinations in putting together their first tour; and much more. No one knows what awaits this band, or any other, at the end of the line. But one thing is certain-the road there is most certainly a wildly entertaining ride. With letters, emails, hand-scribbled notes, original lyrics, journal entries, tons of photos and illustrations, and an audio CD, the hermans: stalking America is the blueprint for what it takes to make it as a band-whether you “make it,” or not.

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Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is a really unique book written from the perspective of a real band out in Montana. The writing is really funny and their opinions are really out there. Its also just really creative and a really easy read. Id highly recommend it and definitely want to see the hermans make it big! Read full review


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the hermans live in and play out of Missoula, Montana. They are: David Jones (lead vocals and guitar) is a sometime writing student at the University of Montana, and a fulltime pizza chef. He originally hails from Philadelphia, PA. Derk Schmidt (drums and vocals) graduated from the University of Montana in creative writing and works as a hardware store clerk and part-time woodworker. He cut his teeth in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chris Entz (lead guitar) is a professional fishing guide in Missoula, Montana. He learned his licks in Williamsport, PA. Bill Pfeiffer (bass and vocals) is a canvass director in Missoula, Montana. He is also from Williamsport, PA.

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