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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By Lex on 09-12-15
Well. I was prepared to love this book; after all, Sleater-Kinney has held a huge importance in my life since I first heard them over 10 years ago. For me, Sleater-Kinney has always transcended the limitations of riotgrrrl and existed in an incredibly original space. Their music is liminal; to listen is to exist in the hallowed space between Carrie, Corin and Janet where the listener is not only witness to but actually of the music. What I was not prepared for is just how incredible Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl would be. Carrie writes with the most incredible precision about her childhood feeling distant and alienated from her parents, her anxious need to perform in order to cope and how Sleater-Kinney inspired a generation. Carrie is an incredibly brave and honest writer who never shies away from the ugly parts; of herself or of the pseudo-inclusionist riotgrrrl scene and the result is a thing of beauty and clarity. This is truly up there with one of the best, if not the best, music memoir I have ever read.
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By Amy on 19-02-16
A Real Person
Would you consider the audio edition of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl to be better than the print version?
Yes because it is read by Carrie herself, so has all the integrity and honesty of the words within her voice.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl?
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.
What does Carrie Brownstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Her words, her intonation, her life.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes as it was focused on her thoughts and feelings, it was moving at times.
Any additional comments?
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.