Rock ‘n’ Roll Nights by Todd Strasser

rock 'n' roll nightsThis one, as they say, is an oldie but goodie. First published in 1982, Rock ‘n’ Roll Nights is the granddaddy of all YA band books. The Electric Outlets are waiting for their first big break, but record execs aren’t exactly pounding down band leader Gary Specter’s door. Gary, Oscar, Susan and Karl are just trying to keep their band together even though they just lost their first and only gig and none of the local music stores will take their independently produced single. Plus, Gary’s got this embarrassing problem — he’s kinda in love with Susan. That’s not the problem. The fact that she’s his first cousin is. This is a straight-talking band book about the hustling and serious work that goes into taking a band to the top.

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