Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl

Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl

A Memoir

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, the book Kim Gordon says "everyone has been waiting for"--a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life--and finding yourself--in music. Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest just as it was becoming the setting for one the most important movements in rock history. Seeking a sense of home and identity, she would discover both while moving from spectator to creator in experiencing the power and mystery of a live performance. With Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein and her bandmates rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s. They would be cited as "America's best rock band" by legendary music critic Greil Marcus for their defiant, exuberant brand of punk that resisted labels and limitations, and redefined notions of gender in rock. HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL is an intimate and revealing narrative of her 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. With deft, lucid prose Brownstein proves herself as formidable on the page as on the stage. Accessibly raw, honest and heartfelt, this book captures the experience of being a young woman, a born performer and an outsider, and ultimately finding one's true calling through hard work, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780399565397
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6 hr., 55 min., 46 sec.)) : digital
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Oct 31, 2018

How did I come across this book? By listening to a podcast with Questlove, Dominique Crenn, and Carrie Brownstein, talking about eating on tour.

What was really great was that this was available as an audio book, read by the author. I didn't want to come to this book with any preconceptions, although listening to the above-mentioned podcast piqued my interest about what Carrie Brownstein might write. And, as mentioned about previously read-by-the-author books, there is always an extra level of authenticity to hearing this kind of audiobook, because you know that every word was read with the same level of consideration that went into the writing.

Brownstein writes of her years as a child up through the first iteration of Sleater-Kinney, warts and all. This is not a tell-all book, but more of a thoughtful reflection of growing up... the trials and tribulations of fitting in, or not, and the friendships made along the way. (And a lot more.) Maybe there are some lessons we can also learn in how to become an adult.

Sep 29, 2016

I always love when writers read their own books, so I was pleased to hear Brownstein's story in her own voice. Although her writing is self-conscious, her account of the punk scene and queer life is fabulous.


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