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I am a fan of both sleater-kinney and portlandia and wild flag. brownstein does a great job shedding light on band/touring life and a relationship to music. however I don't know that I learned much about what changed over the course of the hiatus that helped heal old wounds or helped her grow emotionally....so the resolution felt unearned and out of nowhere... everything went wrong until suddenly it was fine again.
my other criticism would be the vocabulary choices making the prose seem academic, fussed over so much as if to impress English professors. this has the effect of presenting a very honest, personal story come off as a little too distant and packaged.
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I became a fan of Carrie Brownstein when she was a critic on NPR's All Songs Considered. I waded into some Sleater-Kinney and found a few tracks I liked a lot, then after listening to this book (and while listening to the book) I dove into the entire S-K catalogue and now consider myself to be A super fan.
This book is mostly about Sleater-Kinney, I dont think she even mentioned her NPR gig and barely mentions Portlandia. But you so not need to be a fan of any of her work to appreciate this book. Ms. Brownstein's journey from fan to musician is one that any music bio fan will appreciate. Spoiler alert: being on tour is not glamorous!
Ms. Brownstein is not only funny and sometimes self-deprecating, but she is really honest. I was impressed with how she acknowledged her mistakes, and the people she hurt along the way. I felt like I was participating in an apologetic confession. Not in a bad way hough! It's a lot lighter than I am making it sound! except for one part near the end. I could have lived without hearing about a bad thing that happened in her household one day, but I think she needed to include it. For her. And bad things DO happen.
I appreciated the "bonus" interview that came with the audio book.
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