Pop Rocks (2004)

A former heavy-metal star tries to keep his past a secret from his family and friends while he rehearses for a reunion concert.”

Director: Ron Lagomarsino.

Writers: Bill Ryan (story), Dan Berendsen (screenplay).

Cast: Gary Cole.

Whiplash (2014)

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.”

Director: Damien Chazelle.

Writer: Damien Chazelle.

Cast: Miles TellerJ. K. Simmons.

Country: United States.

Killing Bono (2011)

Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.”

Director: Nick Hamm.

Writers: Dick ClementIan La FrenaisSimon Maxwell.

Cast: Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan.

Countries: United Kingdom and Ireland.

Tick, tick… BOOM! (2021)

On the cusp of his 30th birthday, a promising young theater composer navigates love, friendship and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.”

Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Writers: Steven LevensonJonathan Larson (based on the musical by).

Cast: Andrew Garfield.

Country: United States.

Rock of Ages (2012)

A small-town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.”

Director: Adam Shankman.

Writers: Justin Theroux (screenplay by), Chris D’Arienzo (screenplay by), Allan Loeb (screenplay by).

Cast: Julianne HoughDiego BonetaCatherine Zeta-JonesTom CruiseAlec Baldwin.

Begin Again (2013)

A chance encounter between a down-and-out music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.”

Director: John Carney.

Writer: John Carney.

Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo.

La La Land (2016)

An actress and a jazz pianist fall in love while chasing their dreams in Los Angeles.”

Director: Damien Chazelle.

Writer: Damien Chazelle.

Cast: Emma StoneRyan Gosling.

Reality Shows:

I-Land (2020)

23 young male K-pop trainees attempt to become the hottest new thing in global pop music.”

Graphic Novels:

Jade Armstrong, Scout is Not a Band Kid (2022)

Scout joins her middle school’s band in order to go on the band’s annual trip and meet her favorite author, but she doesn’t know how to play.”

Young Adult:

Stephan Lee, K-Pop Confidential (2000)

K-Pop Confidential #1.

A Korean-American girl has to navigate the complex world of K-pop stardom.”

Lyla Lee, I’ll Be the One (2020)

Korean American Skye Shin competes on a reality television show, hoping to become the first plus-sized K-pop star, while falling for her competitor, who happens to be a world-famous celebrity.” 

Lisa Jenn BigelowDrum Roll, Please (2018)

Book Blurb:

Find the confidence to rock out to your own beat.

Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse.

Now, she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods.

But this summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock ‘n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?” 


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