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"We gotta get out of this place." -Any kid in the '80s trying to make it playing rock and roll. Mix one dash of high school and two jiggers of teenage angst with a metric ton of heavy metal, and you have the recipe for the improbable wild ride of five kids with limited means and big dreams. Seventeen-year-old Sean needs a lot of things: He needs his parents to stop hassling "We gotta get out of this place." -Any kid in the '80s trying to make it playing rock and roll. Mix one dash of high school and two jiggers of teenage angst with a metric ton of heavy metal, and you have the recipe for the improbable wild ride of five kids with limited means and big dreams. Seventeen-year-old Sean needs a lot of things: He needs his parents to stop hassling him. He needs his car to actually start. He needs his Jewfro to grow out into heavy metal hair. But most of all, he needs a band... Without one he isn't sure that he's ever going to make it out of this two-horse town. He's been trying to put a band together for as long as he can remember, but finding like-minded metalheads in rural America has been challenging. Finally the stars align and a band is born. It's magic. But can these five talented metal kids keep things together long enough to play the show of a lifetime? If you are a fan of heavy metal music and grew up in the 1980s (or just wished you had) this story is for you.


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"We gotta get out of this place." -Any kid in the '80s trying to make it playing rock and roll. Mix one dash of high school and two jiggers of teenage angst with a metric ton of heavy metal, and you have the recipe for the improbable wild ride of five kids with limited means and big dreams. Seventeen-year-old Sean needs a lot of things: He needs his parents to stop hassling "We gotta get out of this place." -Any kid in the '80s trying to make it playing rock and roll. Mix one dash of high school and two jiggers of teenage angst with a metric ton of heavy metal, and you have the recipe for the improbable wild ride of five kids with limited means and big dreams. Seventeen-year-old Sean needs a lot of things: He needs his parents to stop hassling him. He needs his car to actually start. He needs his Jewfro to grow out into heavy metal hair. But most of all, he needs a band... Without one he isn't sure that he's ever going to make it out of this two-horse town. He's been trying to put a band together for as long as he can remember, but finding like-minded metalheads in rural America has been challenging. Finally the stars align and a band is born. It's magic. But can these five talented metal kids keep things together long enough to play the show of a lifetime? If you are a fan of heavy metal music and grew up in the 1980s (or just wished you had) this story is for you.

43 review for Rock and Roll Children: An 80's Hair Metal Garage Band Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A biography of a guy who was a metalhead back in the 80's and formed a band. Getting any band together is a struggle, and a metal band during Tipper Gore's crusade was even tougher. Then it turns into a Mickey Rooney/ Judy Garland story of putting on a show when their school has a scandal and they need a fund raiser for the prom. Music seemed a lot more important back in those days, but in some ways, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A biography of a guy who was a metalhead back in the 80's and formed a band. Getting any band together is a struggle, and a metal band during Tipper Gore's crusade was even tougher. Then it turns into a Mickey Rooney/ Judy Garland story of putting on a show when their school has a scandal and they need a fund raiser for the prom. Music seemed a lot more important back in those days, but in some ways, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paula Ramsay

    Not what I expected.... ....but it was so good! Took me back to my own HS days & though I didn’t listen to metal, it made me almost wanna go back! Great storytelling and a fun read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ron Frampton

    This book is for any kid trying to make it in a rock and roll band

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheyanne Rash

    I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you to the author, publisher, and Goodreads!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Ingram

    You Can't Stop Rock & Roll I became acquainted with the author through a humorous crossing of wires, and I'm very glad I did. This book rocks, in every way possible, and it's a must-read for both children of the 1980s and metalheads of any age. It's rich with period detail and slang, but is fueled by the kind of teen angst that is universal -- Nearly everyone can identify with overbearing parents or a recalcitrant car. You'll root for the band, as they rehearse for and stress over their big show, You Can't Stop Rock & Roll I became acquainted with the author through a humorous crossing of wires, and I'm very glad I did. This book rocks, in every way possible, and it's a must-read for both children of the 1980s and metalheads of any age. It's rich with period detail and slang, but is fueled by the kind of teen angst that is universal -- Nearly everyone can identify with overbearing parents or a recalcitrant car. You'll root for the band, as they rehearse for and stress over their big show, and wish you were sitting in the crowd to cheer for them. Pick up this book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Loved it! I couldn’t put it down and ended up staying up wayyyy too late reading it.

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