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 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.
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A Real Person
Yes because it is read by Carrie herself, so has all the integrity and honesty of the words within her voice.
The story of her pets - even though I was irritated by it at first, it has stayed with me! It illustrates another facet to her character - the compassion for animals and the picture of how she was trying to shape and fill her life.
Her words, her intonation, her life.
Yes as it was focused on her thoughts and feelings, it was moving at times.
CB is a very good writer and a great thinker. A modern girl indeed, and so won't appeal to many but it should! Her descriptions of a community, an attitude of punk and of young people creating their own standards and politics, its a great testament.