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Getting in Tune

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Set in the mid-1970s, this musical odyssey and coming-of-age story follows the adventures of a struggling rock band as they try to make it big. Band leader Daniel Travers' life is a mess and he can't find a way out. His band, the Killjoys, is going nowhere and the amphetamines he's popping are making him crazy. Then out of nowhere, an agent calls with a week-long gig at a ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Coral Press
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Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey, I wrote it, so I'd better love it! Really, it's a fun read. Based on a road trip I took with a band early in my career as a rock musician, this story is near and dear to my heart. I used the story as a vehicle to explore the transcendent power and music and friendship. ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm picky about any novels that deal with music, especially rock music, and this one gets it right. The musical references, the descriptions of the way it feels to play--when it's going good and when it's going not so good, the crappy clubs: all spot on. More importantly, the music set the stage but the characters drove the novel, which is how it should be. ...more
Richard Fulco
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy rock and roll, especially the period in the late seventies when punk came storming into the public, then you will enjoy this novel.
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Getting in Tune is set in the mid-1970s. Daniel feels like his band, the Killjoys, is going nowhere fast after playing for four years in Creedly, or the boonies of Northern California where they live. That's when he gets a call from promoter Rick Astley, asking if they'd like to play a gig at the Mai Tai Hotel in Washington. Daniel takes this as his chance to get out of his messy life, and move on to bigger and better things. After his band mates Mick, Rob, Yogi, and Sam warily agree to it, they ...more
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Twenty-year-old Daniel Travers lives and breathes music. And so far, music has been good to him and his band The Killjoys; they always get local gigs and are by far the best band in their hometown of Creedly. But this is both a blessing and a curse because Daniel has dreams of following in the footsteps of his rock and roll idol Pete Townshend from The Who and escaping from his pathetic excuse for a home. Music is all Daniel’s got because the rest of him is beyond screwed and falling apart, and ...more
D.B. Pacini
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Have you been in a Rock and Roll band? Do you know someone who has been in a Rock & Roll band? Wanna visit or revisit the 1970s? Read Getting In Tune.
Aug 11, 2008 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: anyone who loves to rock!
This is written by my brother-in-law, so I am partial to it!
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Really enjoyed the characters and the authors writing.
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Roger L. Trott is a former rock music critic who has played bass and guitar in bands throughout northern California. Getting in Tune, Rogers first published novel, is loosely based on his experiences playing with these bands, from gigs in San Francisco to club engagements on Washingtons Olympic Peninsula.

Roger was born and raised in the small Sacramento Valley town of Lincoln, CA, where his father

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