Amazon listing: http://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Makes-Me-Modern-Girl/dp/B015WM7CHY
I am down to one of the last rock books I have binged on during this holiday; hope they were informative. Thanks to my relatives for the giftcards I used!
Link to previous one on Tom Petty, which links to the others: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=778800
This was worth reading. Carrie Brownstein, who more folks probably know from the show Portlandia by now, was originally famous for being in the band Sleater-Kinney*. The book focuses on her growing up through the breakup of Sleater-Kinney, with their recent reunion discussed as a code. Portlandia is largely out of the scope of the book.
The book is well-written and engaging. She grew up in a dysfunctional suburban home and ended up gravitating towards the progressive, neo-commune-ish, pro-woman scene happening in Olympia WA. We get a sense for what she experiences as she is figuring out who she is and what she and her band stand for.
I know Sleater-Kinney obliquely; I like what I have heard but haven’t sought them out. Reading Brownstein’s book is a bit Holden Caulfield-ish: she’s someone forging a new path while emerging from a damaged situation. She writes in a self-aware, self-deprecating way that makes some of the twee stuff go down easy, but also makes you want to ask why she doesn’t step over some of the troubles she finds herself in. Hearing her process it, as a person and an artist, is interesting and outweighs the issues I note.
Worth reading even if you don’t know her and excellent if you do.
Last holiday purchase/rock book up: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé, by Bob Stanley.
*it weird typing that but feels necessary. To folks into music from S-K’s era, or Riot Grrrl music in general, she is FAMOUS and held up as a huge influence. But when I mention her to most folks I know, they either strictly mention Portlandia or simply haven’t heard of her.