Best of the Bay 2011: BEST READY-MADE ROCK BAND


The Byrds drawled it best: So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star? Then listen now, to what I say. Thanks Jim McGuinn, we'll take it from here. Or rather, Blue Bear School of Music's band workshops will. The school sets groups of about seven beginner-level musicians to practice cover songs (genres range from rock to country) for three months with a very patient teacher before they perform at Café Du Nord or Bottom of the Hill. Just don't let it go to your head. Back to McGuinn: the money, the fame, and the public acclaim. Don't forget what you are, you're a star.

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