It’s About Perspective: Band Psychology 101

12 Jul 2022

Anyone who has been in a band understands the many twists and turns that come with working closely in what is essentially a creative marriage.

Dealing with your bandmates on everything from choosing a band name, to writing and singing the songs, to where you are stopping for lunch when on the road—it’s all stuff to wrestle with, and all crucial for band harmony and longevity. There are as many approaches to achieving this as there are bass players; this conversation will explore some methods that have proved successful as well as some stinkers that should be left behind at the last gig.


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Jennifer Otter-Bickerdike

Professor Jennifer Otter Bickerdike: Critically acclaimed best-selling author of books including, Being Britney: Pieces of a Modern Icon and Why Vinyl Matters; expert commentator in more than 30 pop culture documentaries, dog lover and native Californian.

Instagram: @jenniferotterbickerdike

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Vicki Peterson

Vicki Peterson started a band in high school with her sister Debbi Peterson. They spent their teenage years playing power pop in smelly Los Angeles clubs. In 1981, Vicki and Debbi sat in a garage with Susanna Hoffs and decided to rule the world. With the addition of Michael Steele, the band became the Bangles, one of the most successful groups of the decade.

Currently, Vicki is completing recording of the second LP from The Action Skulls, a ridiculously named band she shares with her husband John Cowsill and actor and musician Bill Mumy. From a Running Horse will see the light of day sometime late 2021.

Twitter: @VickiBangle


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Date: Tuesday 12th July 2022

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

This event will take place on Zoom. If you’d like to book a place, please complete the form below and we will send a registration link prior to the event.


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