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getting in tune
A novel by Roger L. Trott
What others are saying about Getting in Tune
“It’s obvious from page one that the book you’re reading has been written by someone who has lived the life. It’s Trott’s own personal experiences that enable him to so perfectly capture what it feels like to be in a band. This is one of those music books that is about as necessary to any book collection as [Led Zeppelin’s] Houses of the Holy album is to any album collection. Yes, I’m that serious. Anyone who has ever used music to help pull them through the darker days of youth will find a piece of them spelled out in Getting in Tune. A must read for every music lover.”
—excerpt from review by Meghan Harvey in JamsBio Magazine
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“Good gigs and bad gigs, girlfriends and groupies, poseurs and punks: Getting in Tune will ring deliciously true if you’ve been in a band—and deliver a rare glimpse behind the curtain if you’ve ever longed to be. Crank up the volume and enjoy Roger Trott’s wild rock & roll ride.”
—Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author of And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You, and founder of the Rock Bottom Remainders
Getting in Tune is an honest and energetic story about one musician’s crisis as he suffers at the hands of ambivalent bandmates while in pursuit of his dreams.”
—Mike Lankford, author of Life in Double Time: Confessions of an American Drummer
“Set in 1976 and focusing on twenty-year-old Daniel Travers and his ragtag band of punk upstarts who make up the fledgling, yet fumbling Killjoys, Trott’s novel captures the speed of adolescence, the rush of backstage strategies and romances, and the frustrations of being an aspiring musician…. Daniel loves The Who, and Townshend’s elliptical advisements may be a self-confected byproduct of his drug ingestion or divine rock and roll intervention—either way, the formula works…. It’s heartfelt, clever and fast paced—like all good punk songs should be.”
—excerpt from review by Alex Green from Caught in the Carousel – Music Reviews and More
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“Anyone who’s been in a band can appreciate the details author Roger Trott uses to flesh out Daniel’s dysfunctional family of musicians…. Daniel’s spiritual and musical guide comes in the form of Pete Townshend, who comes to him in dreams and in hallucinatory Benzedrine whispers…a muse, smirkily taunting his young protégé….The band dynamics and the music of the time are all nicely rendered, and Trott keeps the story rolling along with some colorful plot twists and a great sense of humor. Part road trip and part coming-of-age story, Getting in Tune engaged me and drew me into the band’s adventures. It’s a great read…”
—excerpt from review by Bruce Rusk in The Daily Vault
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“The Killjoys are like one in a million: They want to rock like the big boys, and roll like crazy mothers…. And then they get their lucky break, and it comes with a ring of the telephone, an opportunity for a gig…. Thus the [novel’s] theme and it groove: fortune presents itself not on a silver plate but at the other end of the phone line… [Getting in Tune] is especially recommended to bands singing in English. Take it to heart, or at least put it into your guitar case.”
—excerpt from review by Matthias Penzel in Rocks Magazine (Germany)
“When opportunity knocks for his band, the Killjoys, to get a week-long gig at the Mai Tai Hotel, Daniel knows this could be the chance he has been so desperately waiting for. From that point on, you are thrown into the lives of not only Daniel, but the whole band…. With Pete Townshend’s voice in [Daniel’s] head as he searches for the Universal Chord, [Daniel] deals with it all with two things: music and pills…. The book is written so well you will feel like you were right there with the Killjoys. I absolutely loved every bit of this book, and will probably read it again. And maybe by the end, you might even find the Universal Chord for yourself.”
—excerpt from review by Just Your Typical Book Blog
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Getting in Tune is a musical coming-of-age novel dealing with the fuzzy line between real and fake. Even through the drug- and alcohol-distorted world Daniel lives in, there is something so genuine about his character…. I enjoyed the deeper, almost philosophical, meaning behind the novel… Daniel exemplifies this search of sorts for the truth through his internal struggles…. Getting in Tune appeals first and foremost to all rock music lovers…”
—excerpt from review by The Book Muncher
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“I really enjoyed this story, because I’m a huge music fan in general. Aren’t we all? The balance between the band drama, the love story, the comedy, and the business side was spot on, making it easy to fall right in and take the ride with Daniel. It wasn’t a typical sex, drugs, and rock and roll book. Even though all those things take place throughout the story, there is real emotion behind the actions of the characters that isn’t represented in most ‘musical fiction’ books. Getting in Tune is a true rock and roll story…”
—excerpt from review by Brooke Reviews
“This book is definitely a music lover’s must read…. Roger Trott’s insight into the subject was fascinating to read. I, along with the main character Daniel, have a great love of music and use it to get us through hard times… If you love rock and roll and a great read, then Getting in Tune is the book for you.”
—excerpt from review by Bean Bag Books
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“This novel from former music critic Trott tells the tale of fictional mid-1970s California rockers the Killjoys, who travel to a rundown hotel in Washington State to chase their dreams of musical superstardom. High school dropout Daniel Travers is a self-confessed Pete Townshend junkie, daydreaming about rock stardom, when he gets a call from a promoter who wants his band to follow in the footsteps of musical legends Jimi Hendrix and Heart by playing the Mai Tai Hotel. Travers’s band mates, including lead singer Mick (no coincidence there) and henpecked bassist Rob, warily agree to the gig. However, they arrive to find the hotel is a Hell’s Angels hangout and an incubator for plenty of alcohol- and drug-related trouble. When the group’s week-long run comes to an end, they are offered an even better gig, but at what cost?”
— review from Publishers Weekly












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