One borrowed garage, four teen guys,
four instruments, four opinions,
their own garage band!
The new band’s problems, from equipment problems to practice schedules, mix with Gipi’s gritty sketch-plus-watercolor art to show just how far four working-class Italian teens will go to make their music.
This 2007 graphic novel is still in print, definitely worth your time to read.
Have you ever given it your all striving for a goal?
Book info: Garage Band / Gipi; translation by Spectrum. First Second Books, 2007. [artist/author info – English] [artist/author blog – Italian] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
My book talk: When a blown amplifier short-circuits their band’s big audition, four Italian teens must decide whether their integrity or their potential rock music future is more important in this graphic novel by Gipi.
If he’ll stay out of trouble, Giuliano can use his dad’s old garage – perfect place for the band to practice! Also a refuge from the not-so-wonderful family lives of the four guys in the band: Giuliano (obsessed with his music even more than with his girlfriend), Stephano (obsessed with dread diseases after his brother died), Alex (obsessed with all things Nazi after his father fled), and Alberto (obsessed with his father’s precarious health).
Stefano’s dad gets the guys a chance to have a record company listen to their demo songs, so that means lots of practice.
Then their old amp shorts out and can’t be fixed – now what?
“Borrowing” some equipment, that’ll work!
But who they borrow it from…
Italian graphic novelist Gipi’s edgy line art and earth-based watercolors convey all the grit of working class kids trying to make music and make sense of the world on their own terms. (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com)