As a child in the 80s I had a book about a space faring rock band that I really loved the cover artwork for, and would love to see again. They travelled in a ship that had sails, which I think were powered by solar radiation or something similar.

I think it was part of a trilogy, but I may be wrong and more books may have been published in the series.

The band had four members who were all Caucasian teenagers, and I think one was female. They played strange looking instruments on one of the book covers. The cover I’m thinking of has an image of the space ship they flew in which was golden and looked like a yacht.

The title of the series may have been something like Somebody and the Starjammers. Something similar to star jammers.

The ship resembles the one used by Count Dooku in Star Wars. https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/b/b0/SolorSailer-DB.png/revision/latest?cb=20150819020309

The books were probably published around the mid 1980s, I also had a copy of Casca: The Warlord with a blue cover around the same time.

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    Is that "band" as in "a group of people" or as in "plays music"?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 15:11
  • A band of musicians. Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 16:44
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    Are there any other details you can remember? If you loved the cover art, can you describe it? See this checklist for hints on fleshing out the question.
    – JohnP
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 16:57
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    A spacerock band? A trilogy? The Time of the Hawklords and I claim my five pounds! :-) Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 17:10
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    @QuintonHoffmann: I'm afraid that was a poor attempt at a joke. The Time of the Hawklords is legendary amongst Hawkwind fans for (a) featuring the band and (b) being almost unreadable. Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 17:21

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Brian Earnshaw's Star Jam Pack series features an interstellar rock band:

  1. Starclipper and the Song Wars (1985)

  2. Starclipper on the Snowstone (1986)

  3. Starclipper and the Galactic Final (1987)

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