It might be a shark-eat-shark situation in the music industry in general but looking at The Script, you wouldn’t know it. They often said how important it is to be nice to others in this business and they’re true to their word.
So much so that when their friend, Jamie Scallion started working on The Rock’n Roll Diaries, getting involved was a natural development.
Jamie talked about their cooperation in his interview here a lot. Go on, read it 😉
About the book
It’s hard to say from the outside how much of The Rockateers is based on personal experiences (I’m sure Jamie knows and guards the answer well) but there’s definitely a lot going around for that from MyTown of Danny and Mark, to Officer Kicks and earlier bands for Jamie Scallion. The boys of the book don’t only go through the “regular” shit that teenage boys do (and there’s not a lot Jamie shied away from) but are also suddenly and inexplicably put into the mercy of the an industry that’s famous for its misfortune and exploits.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not essay against or for anything. It’s an entertaining insight into the complex soul of teenagers, in some cases reminding me of the Adrian Mole series of the 90’s. (If you don’t know it, it covers the diaries of a completely regular and therefore completely unsuccessful and insignificant teenager, living maybe in the UK. Or America. I really can’t say after all this time.)
The tone of The Rock’n Roll Diaries is light and funny, with sarcasm so masterful, I wasn’t sure if I was discovering or inventing it. In any case, it’s easy to get swept up in the story. Most of us, I think, are more like an Egg than a Burt (as in, more of a loser than a popular guy), and cheering on the one who started out low and gradually gets ahead, is easy. Will Egg stay worth it, though, is a question you need to find out yourself when you read the books.
Books in plural, as there are two books out now, the third planned for March 2016, and another following soon after. One of the great things about the series is that the recent covers were designed by a fan of The Script from Romania, Melinda Elek. Yes, these guys are definitely nice to other people.
- Click here to read more about Making It, the kick-off of The Rock’s Roll Diaries series. You’ll find not only a clever review from our very own Ivanna but also some more edits you’ll love.
- Don’t forget to check out Sammi’s review of book 2, Having It (it’s a story in itself!) and more great edits.
The music from the pages, The Rockateers
The RockAteers have two EP’s on Amazon and Spotify, great music and lots of fans but you’ll never see them play live in a venue near you.
Created by Jamie Scallion, author of The Rock ‘n Roll Diaries, this band lives on the pages of this series. Not so the music.
It was brought to life by Jamie, who is also a musician, working together with Danny O’Donoghue, singer-songwriter of The Script, Mark Sheehan, guitarist-songwriter of the same and Jimbo Barry producer. The songs themselves are therefore better, more mature than that of a teenage band, and are a charming mix of The Script’s pop sound combined with the smokey, husky rock of Jamie Scallion.
Read more about the EPs and the songs from Courtenay, Sammi and Kirsty here and check out the great edits.