Evanescence: the Birth of a Rock Band

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Evanescence: The Birth of a Rock Band.

Subject: English
Teacher: Mr. Bohlman
Due Date: 18/3/13

Created by: Joseph Huynh

Imagine yourself in a rock band, you are dressed in black, you have black eye-lining and your band members surround you. The curtains open and bright lights begin to shine upon you. Thousands and thousands of fans cheer for you. The show… begins. This is probably the moment that Evanescence had when they first came on stage. In this paper, I will tell you about Evanescence’s history.

The band first started off with two people; Amy Lee and Ben Moody. “The group was founded by Lee and former lead guitarist Ben Moody. The two met at a youth camp in Arkansas, where Moody heard Lee playing "(I'd Do) Anything For Love" by Meat Loaf on the piano. They discovered they shared a love of Jimi Hendrix and Björk, and they began to write songs together.”’ (http://evanescenceweb.yaia.com 11/3/13) They didn’t find any musicians to play with them, neither could they afford any professional assistant.

Although no one knew that they would find fame via write songs, the two were stumped in publicity, but they were heading in the right track in writing music. They wrote many pieces of music such as “My Immortal”, “Give unto Me” and “Solitude”. But somehow, two of their songs, “Understanding” and “Give unto Me”, got on the music charts. People kept asking who they were and the two decided to name the band “Evanescence”, which means, “the act or state of vanishing.”

Evanescence became more famous and people demanded live shows. “The band eventually appeared live, and became one of the most popular acts in the area.” (http://www.lyricsfreak.com 12/3/13). They made a full length demo CD in 2000 named Origin, which was relatively unknown; they also made two EPs, which limited from fifty to one hundred copies. Record companies only made 2,500 copies of Origin. As soon as Amy and Ben heard this, they encouraged fans to download their older...
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