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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir (2015)

by Carrie Brownstein

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Unfortunately I had to return this book to the library before I finished it as someone else had already requested it. However what I did read I really enjoyed and I hope to get back to it one day and finish it.
  erinla | Oct 31, 2017 |
Have you ever been stable and successful, but still wondered why you didn't feel satisfied? Have you ever built a non-biological family for yourself? Have you ever been frustrated by the lack of appreciation or attention given to your technique or process, in work or craft, because you are a woman? Have you ever dealt with an ill family member, or a parent who came out in old age? Are you interested in hearing about how some badass musicians managed to create discussion and waves with their music for over a decade? If you answered yes to any of these, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl won't disappoint. ( )
  GabbyF | Jul 2, 2017 |
I know Carrie Brownstein as a sometimes music critic on NPR's All Songs Considered (as well as her work on Portlandia - a show I find only moderately funny) so I knew that her memoir of her life and work with the band Sleater-Kinney would be an interesting work. Brownstein explores the effect of her childhood in which her mother suffered anorexia, her father repressed homosexuality, and Brownstein herself seeks to entertain as way of transforming the sadness around her. A lot of this books is about identity and the Brownstein analyzes her own search for identity in raw detail. The music of Sleater-Kinney is similar in its naked emotion and self-expression and Brownstein details the autobiographical detail that went into that songs. Sleater-Kinney also had to deal with the typecasting and prejudice of being an all-woman band, when Brownstein wants people to recognize them as simply a great rock band. Brownstein also relates her own struggles touring with the band that resulted in anxiety and physical illness. This a very honest and introspective addition to the rock memoir oeuvre. ( )
  Othemts | May 23, 2017 |
Well written but it ultimately didn't grab me. ( )
  bookweaver | Jan 13, 2017 |
An uncommonly honest and articulate account of a young Pacific Northwest band's formation, creative process, and rise to fame. ( )
  dele2451 | Jan 2, 2017 |
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A "narrative of [rock guitarist and actor Brownstein's] escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era's flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later"--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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