Entertainment behind the scenes
The good thing about cuts to music education in schools is that wannabe rock stars flock to savvy entrepreneurs like Paul Green — the Philadelphia musician who inspired the Jack Black movie “School of Rock.”
Green — himself the subject of the 2005 documentary “Rock School” — has set up a nationwide School of Rock chain that helps kids unleash their inner Ozzys, Jimis and Janises. It’s certainly more fun than learning “Home on the Range” and “Kumbaya” in a public-school setting.
In Los Angeles on Sunday, 19 future stars from the Hollywood school recreated the Beatles’ “White Album” at the Whisky a Go Go, the Sunset Strip site where the Doors and the Byrds cut their teeth. Even though it was a midday show, there was a surprisingly long line at the bar as parents and grandparents stocked up for the 30-song marathon.
The musicians ranged in age from about eight to 17, with girls slightly outnumbering the boys. All were dressed in white, with a few accessorizing with John Lennon glasses or Sgt. Pepper jackets. The lineup changed after each song, giving everyone at least several shots in the spotlight. The all-star champ was the youngest: Stanford Fram (pictured at left), who sang lead on three songs, played drums and keyboards on most of the others, and even provided nasal snorts on “Piggies.”