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Name my book! (updated 2/21/11)

You may recall that my efforts to publish a book about Chicago Music in the 1990s were met with failure: profound, hard-to-contest, failure.  I just couldn't pull it off, and that fact left me quietly sulking for the past two years.

I'm not interested in going back to that well anytime soon, but I've been anxious to do something.  That anxiety compelled me to gather a book's worth of my music-related writings into a formatted manuscript. After a few months' worth of effort, I'm sitting on an all-new volume of material, framed by fresh commentary and observations.  I plan to publish it before June.

I currently have three trusted grammar-smart, ball-buster, friends of mine reviewing the document. Once I incorporate their edits and feedback, I'll simultaneously release a softcover "Print on Demand" version and digital e-book (Kindle, iBooks).  I'm also giving serious consideration to recording an audiobook version, too.

The negative perception of self-published work used to spook me.  Now?  I couldn't care less.  From the book's Introduction:

The "Publish on Demand" model has long been stigmatized by critics and the literati, despite the fact that going "D.I.Y." is a sign of ethical purity in practically every other art form.  In the music world, for example, independent music is treated as honorable and "real."  Major label, "professional" releases are perceived in quite the opposite way:  vastly inferior to indies and most likely ethically and artistically compromised. 

The main problem with the book is that I can't think of a name for it.  I need a title that jumps off the cover, while still defining the contents within.  And if the title doesn't completely get the point across, the subtitle needs to make it clear.

My early working title was Record Collection: Riffs, Rants, and Writings about Rock.  I don't really like it, but it's all I have right now.

Wanna help me brainstorm? 

(update, 2/20/11)
At this moment, I'm leaning towards Volume Knob: Riffs, Rants, and Writings about Rock

(update, 2/21/11)
I think I have a winner: Off the Record Collection: Riffs, Rants, and Writings about Rock



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Jan said:

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OK, I’ll bite even though I have never seen the manuscript and don’t really have a good sense of what it is about.

Rockin’, Rolling and Writing – Musings of a Rock Junkie

Rockin’ on Chicago Radio – Riffs ,Rants and Writings from a Rock Jock

Rockin’ and Rollin’: A Critical Look At The Rock Music Scene Through the Eyes of a Rock Junkie

Riffing on Rock: Writings of a Music Connoisseur and Observer

The Rock and Roll Diaries: Riffs, Rants and Tirades about Rock

Got Vinyl? Riffs, Rants and Writings about Rock

If you want to capitalize on your blog/JVO branding…..

Journal of Vitriolic Observations of Rock Music

Record Collection: Journal of Vitriolic Observations on Rock Music

I am sure you are sorry you asked for help brainstorming at this point.

tralajo said:

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I like your title. If you want to spice it up a bit, how about, "ROCK: Riffs, Rants, and Writings" or "The Way We Rock and Roll: Riffs, Rants and Writings" or maybe a play on Rob Base's rap hit... "I Want to Rock Right Now! Riffs, Rants and Writings"? Ok, that one was kind of cheesy, but I like What about Joan Jett..."I Love Rock and Roll: Riffs, Rants, and Writings"?? I'll keep thinking.

scotthess said:

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JVOMG: Musing on Modern Music

JVO DIY: An Unplugged, Self-Published Journey into Sound

Fiddling from Inside the Fire: Observations from a Life in Music

On Demand, If Not By Popular Demand: One Man's Take on Music Today

Not That You Asked: James Van Osdol on Modern Music

Sounding Off: James Van Osdol on Modern Music

The Book Nobody Wanted: JVO DIY

JVO said:


Scott, you're an amazing human being. I laughed out loud at "Not That You Asked..."

scotthess said:

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Nice! My work is done here.

scotthess said:

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I'm partial to SOUNDING OFF, but I guess only if it works on more than one alignment with some of the themes/writing...

Kyle said:

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"F*ck You, Indie Kids"

JVO said:


That says it all, doesn't it?

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