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Publisher's Summary

From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, 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 audiobook 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.
©2015 Carrie Brownstein (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ex on 01-09-16


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 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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4 out of 5 stars
By JENNIFER on 03-03-16

I heart Carrie Brownstein

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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