In the 1980s, Los Angeles was the epicenter of a global hard rock music explosion. This area, home to world-famous clubs like the Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy Theater, and the Troubador, spawned dozens of legendary bands. But for every legendary hard rock band to come out of L.A. there were hundreds–or thousands–of bands who attempted to capture that same glory. Teenager Dee Jones was among them.
In 1991, Dee leaves home to chase his dreams in Los Angeles. Dee quickly faces the reality of living on his own for the first time, the cold-heartedness of the music scene, and how people close to him face intimidation and challenges.
This dramatic tale demonstrates the reckless bravery of youth and gives a snapshot of what the music industry was like. It’s a story shared by thousands who made a similar journey. And by anyone who has put everything they had into their dreams, rolled the dice, and took their chances.
“A Nostalgic Read for the 80s Generation…”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Crystal7174
Growing up in the 80s, all I wanted were three things: 1) the biggest hair, 2) the loudest music, and 3) to date a band member. To have a successful band back then you needed a lot of enthusiasm, clever connections, and money–at least enough to get you to and from the next gig and keep the demo tapes rolling. Rocker’s Road is a fun, yet endearing story of one man and one band’s attempt at making it big in the rock-n-roll landscape when names like KISS, Motley Crue and Poison ruled the airwaves. You’ll find yourself quickly transported back in time, reminiscing over familiar 80s songs, trends, and events. You’ll cheer the entire way through, hoping through the opportunities and letdowns that Bottumz Up succeeds. It’s a great book for anyone who loved the music or grew up in what I consider to be the best decade ever!
About the Author
Ben Wand picked up the guitar at 14 and spent his teens and early 20s chasing a career in music. He made many great memories while performing in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho.
At 23, he cut his hair and went to college. He attended Portland State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business, and graduated in the top 5% of his class. He is married to the love of his life and they have two amazing boys. He makes his living as a marketing professional in Portland, Oregon, and pursues a variety of interests and creative pursuits. “Rocker’s Road” is his first novel.