Portland's Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls
is on top of its game. Celebrities endorse the hell out of them. They have their own camp, a feature length movie
was made about them last year, and now they have published a book, titled Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls,
which is available on Chronicle Books.
The book looks like a sleek, well-designed startup manual for aspiring rock wunderkinder. It covers topics such as: how to pick up and play a guitar, how to use samplers, keys, and beat machines, how to put out a record, start a band, and book a show. Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney
wrote the book's foreword, and contributors include Sarah Dougher, Cynthia Nelson, Kaia Wilson (of Team Dresch
), Beth Ditto (of The Gossip
), Marisa Anderson, Mireaya Medina, Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn, Chelsey Johnson and others. Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls is a 501(c)3 nonprofit which originated in Portland in 2001, and has since inspired rockers in 12 other cities
(ranging from San Francisco, CA, to Murfreesboro, TN and Sweden) to set up their own Rock N' Roll Camps for Girls. The camps teach girls ages 8-18 how to rock so hard they'll melt your face off.
There is a book release celebration Thursday, July 24, at In Other Words
(8 NE Killingsworth St.) from 6 pm to 9 pm. The event is all ages and readings will begin around 7 pm.