In Teen Vogue
sonic youth: twilight's jackson rathbone
by Danielle Nussbaum October 17, 2011
Danielle Nussbaum enrolls in the school of rock with Twilight's Jackson Rathbone.
Before Jackson Rathbone landed the role of vampire Jasper Hale (one of Twilight's infamous Cullens) and became the face of the band 100 Monkeys, he was a dude who moved to Los Angeles to make his way as a musician. "I started out as a thirteen-year-old DJ, doing birthdays, quinceaÃ±eras, proms, et cetera. I got paid 20 bucks for my first party, and my parents had to drive me," he remembers. "After seeing the magical effect of music, I decided I had to start writing my own songs."
This magical effect is why, on the first day of classes, we're standing in the music room at KIPP Los Angeles Prep, as teacher Tony Sauza leads the advanced band—whose members, ranging from sixth to eighth graders, came in during summer vacation to rehearse--in Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and the Beatles' "Come Together." Jackson and Mr. Sauza are here as a part of Little Kids Rock, an amazing not-for-profit organization that's committed to helping bring music enrichment...