Being a popular recent release, the book had a substantial holds list, so I decided to search for similar books to fill the gap until it was my turn to read M Train. After searching for a few minutes, I found multiple ‘top rock musician biographies’ lists, but I found that all of them were about male musicians. Not even one female made these lists! This was especially surprising and disappointing because I know of at least three that are fabulous.
Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein was a book quickly added to my to-read list. I love just about everything about this book, down to the title, which comes from the lyrics of a song by Brownstein’s band, Sleater-Kinney. It gives the reader a look into the 1990’s music scene and how Brownstein made her own way within it. What I really like about this book is that she gives the reader an honest look into her own life while remaining respectful to those close to her, never indulging in any stories but her own.
“Born in Seattle, Washington, Carrie Brownstein is a rock musician, television actress and comedy writer. With the indie punk trio Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein and her bandmates rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground Pacific Northwest Riot Grrrl punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990’s. 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 television series Portlandia years later.” publisher
“A founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story — a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll.” publisher
“Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world’s most successful music Kickstarter. Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for — as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn’t alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of the art of asking. Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. This book will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.” publisher