Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl

Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, the book Kim Gordon says "everyone has been waiting for" and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015-- 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.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9781594486630
Characteristics: x, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Dec 29, 2017

A memoir that slips outside of a music career to face mental health issues (her mom's anorexia, Brownstein's anxiety and depression). It's by no means a tell-all, bear your soul kind of memoir. Instead, Brownstein lays out how to deal with the aftermath: of a mom going to the hospital and staying there a while because of her disease, of an intense romantic relationship with her bandmate, of college hopes and possible careers, of feminism, and of the band itself. The chapter about her love of animals and her 4 pets is the most moving, but also doesn't seem to fit. Highly recommend this for those who love the Pacific Northwest, music, and the memoir genre. But, please, don't just read this because she's in Portlandia.

jhneli Jan 11, 2017

I loved reading Brownstiens memoir! You really get a sense for the energy and grit of being in a band. I went to the same college as Brownstien (Go Geoducks!), and her writing evoked a nostalgia for the pacific northwest that I wasn't expecting. Also a great companion to listening to every Sleater-Kinney album you can find.

Dec 10, 2016

This book made me wish I'd been more of a Sleater-Kinney fan and done some serious research about grunge music and the industry before I'd started reading. It felt like an insider's book as she named dropped bands and people all over the place that I'd never heard of. When I picked through all of that, I appreciated her story and would still recommend this to certain readers who are music fans.

Jul 17, 2016

An honest, thoughtful memoir with insight into what it really feels like to be a part of a "girl" band.

ucprod Jul 06, 2016

Was looking forward to this memoir, but it comes up short. Brownstein is a talented performer. However, this book comes off as a collection of transcribed "This American Life" episodes rather than a cohesive whole.

Apr 24, 2016

Well written memoir from one of our most talented artists. Honest, funny and insightful. One of the better books I've read lately.

SPL_Shauna Apr 21, 2016

This book is recommended for any fans of grunge, riot grrrl or Kim Gordon's memoir, "Girl in a Band."

Brownstein chronicles her early life, deconstructing the events that led her to embrace the feminist miasma of Olympia's music scene in the 1990s. From there, she details the evolution of Sleater-Kinney, their demise, and their resurrection.

Music geeks will dine out on the production details. Feminists of all stripes will howl with laughter at the reviews she excerpts. People of stolid WASP constitutions may be appalled by her self-indulgence and her willingness to state her successes, but who cares! It's a brutally honest tour of a time and place dear to many of us ladies of a certain age.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Mar 31, 2016

Random thoughts about this book... 1) It made me feel old. I've been a fan of Carrie Brownstein and Sleater-Kinney since college in the mid-90's. When you see so much of your life (namely the bands you loved) associated with dates that were twenty-two years ago and not actually two years ago as they seem, I think you instantly become more gray and wrinkly... which is just fine. It’s fine. Totally fine. 2) She knows A LOT of words that I don't. I have never needed to look up (or admittedly skip over) so many in any one book (classics included). 3) My favorite part, and when I felt most like we really COULD be good friends, was not the talk about Riot Grrrl, playing music, fandom, or difficult family situations but the chapter about her pets and the love she has for them. I get that. 4) Overall, I loved reading this book. I really did. It was fun to remember so much from what was one of my favorite eras. I will say, though, that there were times when I sensed some serious braggadocio (check out THAT word). But I guess that’s not surprising in a memoir, is it?

shoelace Jan 12, 2016

If you're a fan this is for you. A really insightful read into the making of Carrie and Sleater-Kinney.

Donna_R Dec 23, 2015

This was a book to lose yourself in. So much character and honesty, combined with a real sense of making music and the creative life. One of the best of the crop of music memoirs that we've been treated to in the last couple of years.

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