Friday, August 26, 2011

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Piper is a high school senior and the manager of a high school band called Dumb.  What is unique about her managing abilities is that she can't hear the music they are playing because she is deaf.  There are five members in the band, they can't seem to get along or figure out what type of band to be, until a mysterious text sends them on a rock tour of Seattle. 

Piper gets the band some serious exposure, some paying gigs, makes some new friends, dyes her hair a cool color and finds meaning in her life.  Managing a band is a challenge Piper is up for, but are her parents and her classmates ready for Piper's new role?

Seattle was home to Nirvana star Kurt Cobain and his house and a park nearby, stand as his memorial.  Jimi Hendrix was also born in and raised in Seattle, where he was given his first guitar and lived a life of extreme poverty.  Incidentally Hendrix and Cobain both died tragic deaths at the age of 27.  Five Flavors of Dumb improved my knowledge of music as the main characters were educated in the Seattle rock scene.

I included Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock 1969 playing The Star Spangled Banner.  It was a turbulent time in American History and Hendrix made rock history with this memorable version of the song.  I include Hendrix in my post because this is an important scene in the book and I had never seen or heard of it before. 

Caution this book may cause you to embrace your inner Rock Star!  PEACE!

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