Re: Looking for a Mentor in Writing a Biography
Sounds like a fun project with a lot of work involved, but if you enjoy the band then it will be much better. I just completed a project where I wrote two encyclopedia entries, on two famous bands from the 1990s, for an academic publisher. It was a lot of work, definitely not a book, but nevertheless enjoyable. The research can take in you all kinds of places.
After writing my thesis for my Master's in History I learned that you can never have too much information. That's the major part to any undertaking like what you're planning. I would start now. I wouldn't wait. If you're serious about it, then you need to get going on it.
I wouldn't worry about getting permission until you have a substantial amount of material collected. In saying that, be prepared for the band to say no and not get your feelings hurt. More than likely, however, the band will be impressed that somebody has taken the time to chronicle their success.
And, about interest in your book, you'd be surprised. People like histories, especially if they have a lot details and are written well. The best histories provide info but also entertain. The great thing about band biographies is that they show what can happen through teamwork. I played in a band in the early 1990s. I realize now it was an entrepreneurial experience that none of my teachers recognized. As a result of being ignored, I now try to support any person who has a dream. Dreams will lead you to the next door.
Anyway, I'd like to learn more about it. I invite you to visit my website http://www.brookskohler.com/
and email me through my contact portal. Make sure you include your email in the text. I'll email you back.