. With deft, lucid prose Brownstein proves herself as formidable on the page as on the stage. Accessibly raw, a born performer and an outsider, and ultimately finding one’s true calling through hard work, honest and heartfelt, this book captures the experience of being a young woman, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir #ad - 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. 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.
From the guitarist of the pioneering band sleater-kinney, funny, the book Kim Gordon says "everyone has been waiting for" and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015-- a candid, and deeply personal look at making a life--and finding yourself--in music. 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.
Riverhead Books. 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.
Girl in a Band: A MemoirDey Street Books #ad - The band helped build a vocabulary of music—paving the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and many other acts. Telling the story of her family, the men in her life, her marriage, growing up in California in the '60s and '70s, her move to New York City, and her band, her life in visual art, her relationship with her daughter, her music, Girl in a Band is a rich and beautifully written memoir.
Gordon takes us back to the lost new york of the 1980s and '90s that gave rise to Sonic Youth, and the Alternative revolution in popular music. New york times bestsellerkim gordon, of music, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, and role model for a generation of women, marriage, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, independence, motherhood, now tells her story—a memoir of life as an artist, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith's Just Kids.
Girl in a Band: A Memoir #ad - Often described as aloof, Kim Gordon opens up as never before in Girl in a Band. But at its core, girl in a band examines the route from girl to woman in uncharted territory, music, art career, what partnership means—and what happens when that identity dissolves. Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a transformative life, Girl in a Band is the fascinating chronicle of a remarkable journey and an extraordinary artist.
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Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl RevolutionHarper Perennial #ad - Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution #ad - Dey street Books. Girls to the front is the epic, bratmobile, heavens to betsy, definitive history of Riot Grrrlthe radical feminist uprising that exploded into the public eye in the 1990s and included incendiary punk bands Bikini Kill, and Huggy Bear. A dynamic chronicle not just a movement but an era, this is the story of a group of pissedoff girls with no patience for sexism and no intention of keeping quiet.
Just KidsEcco #ad - Patti smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Ecco Press. Winner of the national book award it was the summer coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, devotion, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, and initiation.
Harper Perennial. It serves as a salute to new York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. Scrappy, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, romantic, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years. Just kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy.
In 1969, the pair set up camp at the hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous, the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, art, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding.
Just Kids #ad - Dey street Books. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists’ ascent, a prelude to fame. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-Second Street, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court.
The Riot Grrrl CollectionThe Feminist Press at CUNY #ad - Against the backdrop of the culture wars and before the rise of the Internet or desktop publishing, the zine and music culture of the Riot Grrrl movement empowered young women across the country to speak out against sexism and oppression, creating a powerful new force of liberation and unity within and outside of the women's movement.
The Riot Grrrl Collection #ad - The riot grrrl collection reproduces a sampling of the original zines, and printed matter for the first time since their initial distribution in the 1980s and '90s, posters, and includes an original essay by Johanna Fateman and an introduction by Lisa Darms. For the past two decades, young women and men have found their way to feminism through Riot Grrrl.
Harper Perennial. Feminist Press. While feminist bands like bikini kill and Bratmobile fought for their place in a male-dominated punk scene, their members and fans developed an extensive DIY network of activism and support. Ecco Press. Dey street Books.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. Faber SocialFaber & Faber Social #ad - Sunday times music book of the yearrough trade book of the yearmojo book of the yearin 1975, viv albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar. A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band the Slits, who fearlessly took on the male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. Faber Social #ad - A raw, the pain of ivf, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv's life post-punk - taking in a career in film, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again - Clothes Music Boys is a remarkable memoir. Harper Perennial. Feminist Press. Dey street Books. Ecco Press.
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of PunkGrove Press #ad - Feminist Press. Resounds with authenticity. The new york timesno volume serves juicier dish on punk’s New York birth. Ranks up there with the great rock & roll books of all time. Time out new yorklurid, funny, sometimes gross, insolent, disorderly, sometimes mean and occasionally touching . This 20th anniversary edition features new photos and an afterword by the authors.
Utterly and shamelessly sensational. Newsday Dey street Books. Harper Perennial. Iggy pop, richard hell, the ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era. Grove Press. Ecco Press. Tales of sex, drugs and music that will make you wish you’d been there.
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk #ad - Rolling stonea contemporary classic, Please Kill Me is the definitive oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements.
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991Back Bay Books #ad - Harper Perennial. Little Brown and Company. Grove Press. This sweeping chronicle of music, loathing, fear, politics, drugs, and faith has been recognized as an indie rock classic in its own right. Feminist Press. Ecco Press. This book will be fresh even for those whose lives these bands were. All thirteen profiles are page-turners.
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 #ad - Robert christgau, and other subversives reenergized american rock with punk rock's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, labels, radio stations, Village Voice This is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties--when a small but sprawling network of bands, fanzines, always challenging, often brilliant, and immensely influential.
Among the bands profiled: mission of burma, fugazi, beat happening, butthole Surfers, Big Black, The Minutemen, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü, Mudhoney, Black Flag, and Dinosaur Jr. Dey street Books.
Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out 33 1/3Bloomsbury Academic #ad - Feminist Press. The band wrestled with the media about how they would be presented to the public, it contended with technicians about how their sound would be heard in clubs, and they struggled with pervasive social hierarchies about how their work would be understood in popular culture. Ecco Press. Dey street Books.
. Sleater-kinney's 1997 album dig me out is built on corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein's competing guitars, Janet Weiss's muscular rhythms, and layered vocals that teeter between an urgent, banshee-like vibrato and a lower accompaniment. Dig me out was the band's third studio album, but the first one written and recoded with Weiss.
Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out 33 1/3 #ad - Harper Perennial. Grove Press. Little Brown and Company. It inaugurated sleater-Kinney into a lineup that would span its two-decade career. This 33 1/3 follows the narrative of dig Me Out from its inception in Olympia to its recording in Seattle and its reception across the United States. The only instance where the band didn't have to put up much of a fight was when it came to their fans.
The acclaim sleater-kinney received from their listeners in the late 1990s, and continue to receive today, speaks to a need for icons who challenged normative notions of culture and gender. Bloomsbury Academic.
Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011Dey Street Books #ad - The behemoth music industry, too, found itself in free fall, under siege from technology. Joining the ranks of the classics please kill me, and can’t stop won’t stop, Our Band Could Be Your Life, an intriguing oral history of the post-9/11 decline of the old-guard music industry and rebirth of the New York rock scene, led by a group of iconoclastic rock bands.
In the second half of the twentieth-century New York was the source of new sounds, including the Greenwich Village folk scene, punk and new wave, and hip-hop. Little Brown and Company. Ecco Press. But as the end of the millennium neared, Austin, and London, cutting-edge bands began emerging from Seattle, pushing New York further from the epicenter.
Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 #ad - Feminist Press. Bloomsbury Academic. Grove Press. Harper Perennial. Then 9/11/2001 plunged the country into a state of uncertainty and war—and a dozen New York City bands that had been honing their sound and style in relative obscurity suddenly became symbols of glamour for a young, web-savvy, forward-looking generation in need of an anthem.
Meet me in the bathroom charts the transformation of the new york music scene in the first decade of the 2000s, Interpol, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Vampire Weekend—and the cultural forces that shaped it, the bands behind it—including The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, from the Internet to a booming real estate market that forced artists out of the Lower East Side to Williamsburg.
Drawing on 200 original interviews with james murphy, ezra koenig, karen o, bloggers, artists, models, managers, groupies, Julian Casablancas, photographers, music executives, movie stars, journalists, and many others musicians, and DJs who lived through this explosive time, journalist Lizzy Goodman offers a fascinating portrait of a time and a place that gave birth to a new era in modern rock-and-roll.
Devotion Why I WriteYale University Press #ad - A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic—its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. Ecco Press. Smith tracks down simone weil’s grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano’s novels. Feminist Press. Whether writing in a café or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.
How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, inspirations, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, and unexpected connections. Dey street Books. Patti smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession—a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted.
Devotion Why I Write #ad - The national book award-winning author of Year of the Monkey, Just Kids, and M Train offers a rare, intimate account of her own creative process. The why i write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Harper Perennial.
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