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  • Author:
    J. D. Landis
  • ISBN:
    0060237228
  • ISBN13:
    978-0060237226
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    HarperCollins (August 1, 1993)
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    Literature & Fiction
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The Band Never Dances Mass Market Paperback – February, 1993. by J. D. Landis (Author), James D. Landis (Author). This is a book I wish I had found when I was at the age it is (supposedly) written for: later teens.

The Band Never Dances Mass Market Paperback – February, 1993. It is actually one of the more mature and intriguing Young Adult novels I can remember reading, even though I did not find it until I was well into my thirties.

The Band Never Dances (1989, Harper & Row; ISBN 9780060237219, 1993, HarperCollins; ISBN 9780064470759, 1993, HarperCollins

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By the close, the band is still together, no one has died (though there's plenty of talk of "death and rebirth"), and Judy's come a. .

By the close, the band is still together, no one has died (though there's plenty of talk of "death and rebirth"), and Judy's come a little closer to understanding her parents. Unfortunately, however, it's a long, weary way to that point-what with lengthy song lyrics, tedious lists of magazine articles and concert dates, and bombastic conversation ("We have to rock. Rock is life"; "He can't love people who love him").

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The band never dances. Readers interested in music and the life of rock musicians may pick this book up, but will be discouraged by the lack of action in the first half of the book. ISBN 10: 006023721X, ISBN 13: 9780060237219. Readers able to persist through the very slow beginning will find that this book's strength lies in its characterization. Judy is particularly well drawn, and readers will be moved by the depth of her feelings for her brother. In the end, they will be rewarded with a moving story of love and growth. However, Cross' Chartbreaker (Holiday, 1987) is a better written and more powerful book on the same subject.

Still, despite some flaws J. Landis’ The Band Never Dances is a book I’ve been compelled to not just read but re-read every few years, drawn back to this magical world where music, friendship and love can conquer the worst challenges in our lives. It is definitely a novel I would recommend as a positive source of inspiration for young women, as well as to music fans of all ages.

Save bookmarks and read as many as you like. Longing was a New York Times Notable Book. It was also named by The Guardian (London) as the second finest novel about music (the first being Thomas Bernhard's Loser, a judgment with which Mr. Landis is delighted to concur).

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Devastated by her brother Jeffrey's suicide, Judy Valentine immerses herself in becoming a great drummer and forms a band with rock musician Strobe, but as her success and her desires conflict with her sadness, she must learn to live again

Prorahun
This is a book I wish I had found when I was at the age it is (supposedly) written for: later teens. It is actually one of the more mature and intriguing Young Adult novels I can remember reading, even though I did not find it until I was well into my thirties. Perhaps being a female drummer myself (albeit just as a hobby), I was particularly intrigued by the story of Judy Valentine, a young girl in New York trying to find a band to play her drums with - and perhaps find herself as well.

Judy does find her band, and it's one of the oddest assortment of characters you can imagine. This is actually my favorite part of the story, when they begin to come together, as she first challenges the enigmatic signer Strobe to accept her after responding to his ad for a drummer: he is older and very worldly, having seen a great deal of the music world in a "past life" which remains a mystery through to the end of the book. Then it's a middle-aged, pot-bellied classical pianist named Irwin. An African-American bass player named Maddox found in a gay bar. A young guitarist found in Central Park who seems to have incredible gifts, and goes by the name Mark The Music. All together they become "Wedding Night", and Judy finds herself on a whirlwind path to success as the band moves from early struggles into super-stardom. She also finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with Mark and Nick Praetorious, a superstar who Wedding Night goes on tour with. Who will she choose, if either of them at all?

There is much to enjoy about this book, for young and old readers alike. It is very well written with nice turns of phrase and good relationships drawn between the characters (the unlikely friendship between Irwin and Maddox is particularly charming.) Judy makes a strong role-model for young girls in many ways: remaining true to herself and not letting the various men in her life, romantic or otherwise, dominate her. The author clearly has familiarity with the world of rock music (if not the particulars of actually being a musician or a drummer), and there are lots of references to real places, venues, and other acts of the time period - although many of those may seem a bit dated to readers today.

Where I had a little problem, perhaps as an adult reader who has done a lot of non-fiction reading on the music industry, was accepting some of the fantasy aspects of it all. The members of Wedding Night make for a clever assortment of characters, but not so believable as a pop-sensation rock band. Judy, at times, comes across as a little *too* perfect and talented, and almost "Mary Sue-ish": in one year, at age 16, she's able to put together a band where she plays drums, writes the bulk of the music, scores a demo, scores a first album recorded in a high-price studio in the Caribbean, scores a place as an opening act for supposedly the biggest singer in the world at the moment, becomes a cover girl for countless magazines, and ends up headlining a show at Madison Square Garden?! I can suspend disbelief to an extent, but at the end, I had to just chalk it up as probably being just what I might have fantasized about myself at a young teenage age, but something I know know is a pretty far stretch from any reality that a young musician is likely to face.

Still, despite some flaws this is a book I've been compelled to not just read but re-read, occasionally drawn back to this world where music, friendship and love can conquer the worst challenges in our lives. It is definitely a book I would recommend as a positive source of inspiration for young women.
RuTGamer
I adored this novel as a young teenager. So much so that years later I can still perfectly envision several of the scenes in this book - Judy talking about the improbability of being able to remember your mother's heart beat in the womb, releasing her brother's ashes over the screaming crowd at Madison Square, the first important performance of Wedding Night where the reporter describes her frighteningly deep and tremulous drumming emanating from the stage shadows before she, tiny and unassuming, emerges from the shadows. A lot is made over Landis's characters, but I've noticed not too many other reviewers have drawn attention to the fact that he also knows how to craft a scene.

Never falling into the pit trap of being overly self indulgent, this is a rock and roll novel penned for girls in an age where being a rock star didn't mean wearing a strategically faded band shirt, but rather when the title still represented a certain amount of freedom and a slight wildness that left my younger self breathless to think about it. From start to finish Judy's story, from the hard work and training that goes into producing a band, to her gradual acceptance of self and her brother's absence in her life, feels very real and accessible. Recommended for anyone looking for teen girl fiction that won't leave you groaning in pain afterwards.
Adrielmeena
"The Band Never Dances" is an excellent read told in the first person by Judy Valentine, a 16-year-old New York drummer in search of a band to write/play with. Her lyrics are quite moving, in particular "The Girl Inside the Girl," which was inspired by her older brother, Jeffrey, who killed himself three years ago after coining the expression "...the band only plays. It never dances," hence the title of this book and her band's debut CD and single.
Judy spends the duration of the story struggling over her brother's untimely death and trying to find some catharsis through her music and up-and-coming fame in her rock band Wedding Night. At the same time, a love triangle develops between her and one of her band mates (Mark the Music) and Nick Praetorious, the quintessential "bad boy" rock singer they tour with. How this hot-and-cold relationship draws out and concludes is quite satisfying for any romantic. Judy, especially, is a remarkable character--she's extremely bright and independent, and like in the book, other young women will want to be her.
This is one of the best contemporary young adult novels I've read in awhile. It's fast paced, touching and deep, and suitable for the slightly older teen crowd due to some mature themes. In fact, the book seemed to be written from a much older character's point of view than from a 16-year-old's. At times, I couldn't connect her age and actions together, but I loved this book regardless. Recommended.
Deeroman
This is a great story written by Landis, i find it so interesting, its about how a girl finds her rock band, and at the same time finds herself, too. The author has a way of writing that keeps you interested, and i couldnt leave the book for a minute. You will find yourself wrapped up in Judy Valentine's life, and laugh and cry as i did while reading it. I love to read any kind of books, and id like to know your opinion on this book, if youve read it. so email me if you can. I know that I will treasure this book forever, because it has become one of my favorite books.