Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl A Memoir From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater Kinney the book Kim Gordon says everyone has been waiting for and a New York Times Notable Book of a candid funny and deeply personal look at

  • Title: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir
  • Author: Carrie Brownstein
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  • Page: 388
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  • From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater Kinney, the book Kim Gordon says everyone has been waiting for and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 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 becomiFrom the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater Kinney, the book Kim Gordon says everyone has been waiting for and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 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 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. This isn't a book for readers looking for voyeuristic thrills from their memoirs. It's a passable music memoir, certainly of interest to all the Sleater-Kinney fans out there, but even they will be disappointed (as I was) by a book that feels too thin.It takes a while for this work to hit its stride. The first third is spent recounting Brownstein's early years. This is the least compelling section of the memoir, poorly paced and thin. There's little depth to the content, and it is horrifically o [...]

    2. What a fantastic music memoir! Carrie Brownstein writes beautifully about her development as an artist and how she became a successful musician. Carrie grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington, and she started playing the guitar at a young age. She says she was an anxious and melodramatic child, but she loved to perform. In high school she started playing with bands, and eventually formed Sleater-Kinney, which Time magazine once described as America's best rock band. The book covers Carrie' [...]

    3. “All we [Sleater-Kinney] ever wanted was just to play songs and shows that mattered to people, that mattered to us. Music that summed up the messiness of life, that mitigated that nagging fear of hopelessness, loneliness and death.” –Carrie BrownsteinI’ve been floundering in my reading pool, trying to stay afloat and not sink into a reading slump. I can usually tell I’m headed that way when it takes me days to decide what to read next. I’m an unapologetic mood reader, and a very rece [...]

    4. First, I LOVE SLEATER-KINNEY. I was so excited to read this and what an excellent read! Some might be disappointed- this is not a typical memoir. Carrie Brownstein is one cerebral lady. She tells a story that supports the idea that art saves lives. She does not dish. Not even once. Instead she explains how Sleater-Kinney saved her. She explains about tour. She shows us her regard for Corin Tucker & Janet Weiss. And she tells us how she broke up the band. The feminist punk scene & riot gr [...]

    5. At once an honest depiction of otherness and an interesting examination of the 1990's music scene--especially punk rock in the PNW. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, the title coming from a Sleater-Kinney track, covers Brownstein's youth and emergence into a career in music. She's genuine, indulgent and witty. Though I know very little about the Riot grrrl scene, and I'll be honest, care very little about it, her writing was superb and infused the narrative with something quite special. I mostly kn [...]

    6. This 2015 memoir by Carrie Brownstein, co-founder of grunge rock trio Sleater-Kinney (and known far and wide today for the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia she acts in, writes and created with Fred Armisen) is devoted purely to Brownstein's emergence from uncool teenager and suburban music geek in Redmond, Washington to recording and touring with what a critic at Time Magazine called in 2002 the best rock 'n' roll band in America. Rather than promoting Sleater-Kinney's import as artists or bl [...]

    7. It pains me to say I'mnot a Sleater-Kinney fan. (I own exactly one of their seven albums--2002's "One Beat", given to me by a fellow "college rock"-aficionado who insisted I should be a Sleater-Kinney fan--but could only find sonic love with their anthemic "Far Away"d nothing else). Don't know why I have had this total disconnect with them. They just alwaysI don't know.idated me? I'd read about their successes as seminal (if unwitting) pioneers of the Riot Grrrl punk rock movement, and admired t [...]

    8. Many people probably know Carrie Brownstein best as an actress on the TV sketch-comedy show "Portlandia." Prior to starring in this hit show, however, Brownstein was (and is) a successful guitarist and singer in the feminist punk rock band Sleater-Kinney, which emerged from the Pacific Northwest region that spawned a slew of alternative rock bands.In this memoir, Brownstein reveals a love of performing that began in childhood, when she would regale family gatherings with her acting and singing. [...]

    9. Terrific: sharp, smart, introspective, complex, funny, and sad. What you (I) want in a music memoir—a little creative process, a little zeitgeist of the times, a lot of self-awareness without too much self-indulgence. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that Brownstein can really write, but it made me happy. Real review to follow.

    10. I actually am not overly familiar with the band Sleater Kinney. Look, I grew up in the northwest in the 90s but because I was overly sheltered and only "allowed" to listen to Christian music, the most daring I got was sneaking a listen to Z100 or secretly borrowing Ani DiFranco and Lilith Fair level music from friends. Sleater Kinney is more a product of the grunge-riot-grrrl bands that would have been more on the periphery as it was, and I am full of sorrow to say I lack any personal experience [...]

    11. I'm never often enough left to my own devices these days - not nearly as often as my taste would dictate. However, when ever I AM left to my own devices, I'm apt to binge watch Portlandia, revisit the Sleater--Kinney Spotify and You Tube catalog, reminisce about my grungy, nascent feminist, Oregonian youth by reading wonderful books like Sara Marcus's "Girls to the Front" and watching great documentaries like "The Punk Singer," both about Kathleen Hanna and the Riot Grrl movement. I love that th [...]

    12. I felt like no one was really looking out for me, that I was marginal and incidental. I compensated by being spongelike, impressionable, and available to whatever and who whoever provided the most comfort, the most sense of belonging. I was learning two sets of skills simultaneously: adaptation- linguistic and aesthetic- in order to fit in, but also, how to survive on my own.There was an imaginary listener who would find the pink, gold, faberge and fragile crucify yourself eggs in your soundscap [...]

    13. "Riot grrrl is not for girls like me," she thought wistfully, confidently, behind layers of black lipstick and pale foundation, blinking thickly lined eyes, retreating to the safety of Marilyn Manson and Inkubus Sukkubus; Lacuna Coil and Videodrone. The righteously angry, thrashing punk; the seemingly-false claims of camaraderie -- none of it sat quite right. She was alternative, she hated all that mainstream bullshit, but she hated it as a goth girl -- she belonged in the spiderwebby dark.I sti [...]

    14. DNFI was listening to the audio of the book, read by the author. I have not listened to SK or watched Portlandia. I made it to about the third disc when I realizedI couldn't stand this woman and didn't care about her life.I only picked this book up because it was in the GR group Our Shared Shelf.What really got me, as someone who loves animals was (view spoiler)[ the fact that she so casually admitted that no one in her family loved their old dog, all it wanted was love and hugs. So the fucking [...]

    15. I'm a fan of Carrie Brownstein from Portlandia, as I think probably most of the readers of this book are, so I'd like to issue a general warning that there is no insight in to her comedy prowess here, nor the creation of Portlandia, nor her motivations, her fears, her beliefs-- in fact, there's barely anything in this book at all apart from an incomplete chronological list of events and the frequent repetition of the word "insular." Is my frustration evident already? I just expected so much more [...]

    16. I read it last night - review forthcoming - undeniable Nietzschean expression of feminist life force. Really great.

    17. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein is a 2015 Riverhead Books publication. I must confess I know next to nothing about this artist, the rock band ‘Sleater-Kinney’ or punk music. I never fully embraced that form of music, pretty much sticking to my classic rock, blues, and jazz formats, especially during the time this band was at its peak. By the mid-nineties, I was working sixty to seventy hours a week, dealing with two pre-teens who had signed up for every sport and activity [...]

    18. Put plainly: I did not enjoy Carrie Brownstein's writing style. Not one bit. I managed to finish the book despite nearly constant eye-rolling at the incredibly overblown, try-too-hard, simile ridden, overwrought prose. The pacing was just brutal to my ear. Unfortunately for this review I have already given the book back to the library, but here are some of the kinds of sentences that appeared all over the book. (Note: these are not quotes, rather just examples of the style)*I found that music be [...]

    19. So far, I've found Carrie to be a charismatic, compelling, authentic narrator. This book is authentic to the point that it's a little tough to read as someone who has written on a professional level, which is something I hate to say. I KNOW Carrie is a guitarist and singer, not a writer. But didn't she have an editor? There are two things that I can't get over: her compulsive use of the thesaurus, using words like "ennervated" when "sick" would do, and the HUGE gaps in narration. Like, we would [...]

    20. যারা মূলধারা থেকে সরে একটু অন্যরকম কিছু করতে চান তাদের লড়াইটা কখনোই সহজ নয়। এবং তিনি যদি নারী হন তবে সে লড়াই আরও বেশ খানিকটা কঠিন হয়ে পড়ে। কোনো একটি কাজের বা পেশার পূর্বে 'নারী/মহিলা' শব্দটা জ [...]

    21. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to see Sleater-Kinney perform live at Stage AE here in Pittsburgh with my brother and his girlfriend. Sleater-Kinney has long been one of those bands I've been itching to see for the last 20 years or so, but have never made it happen for one reason or another - lived in the wrong place, knew the wrong people, didn't have money, was too well-behaved, whatever. Going to see them this year was like making the 17-year-old me very, very happy.I also behaved som [...]

    22. I probably should not have read this book. I've never been a fan of Sleater Kinney or Carrie Brownstein for that matter. But, I have a close friend who is a fan, so I've heard them more often that I would like. I've also watched Portlandia. I like Fred Armisen but I think the show is very hit or miss. I saw this book on the popular picks shelf at my library and I like biographies, so I thought I would give it a shot. I think that Carrie comes off as self important and judgmental. She sounds like [...]

    23. Whether you know Carrie Brownstein from Portlandia or Sleater Kinney, or even if you don't know her, be prepared to embrace her weird wonderful frankness. Honestly, I thought my family was a mess but a gay lawyer dad and a runaway anorexic mum? I pass my trophy on! Emerging in the exciting, petticoat wearing eyeliner smudging, feminist polemic touting Riot Grrrl scene of the early 90s along with Bikini Girl, Babes in Toyland and L7, Sleater Kinney were raw, punk, fierce and fragile all at once. [...]

    24. I was about 18 when i first heard 'One More Hour', such a brilliantly angular, uncomfortable, angsty, catchy song, i probably taped it off the radio or something, and from then on i loved that band but they kinda made me feel anxious. Sleater-Kinney always stayed that weird apoplectic mix of things through the years and Carrie Brownstein's memoir backs that up by being the least rock n' roll memoir ever. Less drugs, groupies and booze, more shingles, panic-attacks and soy-allergies, hot. Carrie [...]

    25. Before Portlandia, before Sleater-Kinney, there was a girl living in the Pacific Northwest with big ambitions, desperately yearning for an identity all her own. In Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein strays from the normal parameters of the memoir format to give readers an insightful, raw look into her past and the moments that shaped her into the person who would later co-found one of the world’s most influential rock bands. Navigating a past fraught with family turmoil, rejectio [...]

    26. (4.5 stars, rounded up because I have a huge art crush on Carrie Brownstein) I'm not a huge fan of memoirs, but I read them when there is enough buzz about a book--or as in this case, I love the author. My only complaint with this book is that it wasn't longer because I didn't want it to end. Brownstein is smart, funny, witty, and totally kicks ass and this book is all those things.

    27. 'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl' seems to me like a book written by a lonely person. It is very good, and I recommend reading it if, gentle reader, you enjoy lucid intelligent autobiographies and you are curious about music groups which have had a certain level of critical success, but not a huge general public exposure. I recognized a very Pacific Northwest character in the author Carrie Brownstein, having been born and raised in western Washington state myself, although my family was more lower [...]

    28. Erudite and emotional chronicle of Carrie Brownstein's life in punk rock, which made me feel like I missed out entirely on a piece of radical, feminist culture. I was rocking my newborn baby to Mariah Carey songs on the radio and was unaware of any of the bands Brownstein talks about in this memoir, including and especially Sleater-Kinney. I have a lot of unformed ideas about this book. But overall, it's so well-written and ultimately sad, sad, sad.

    29. My first read of Our Shared Shelf aka Emma Watson's bookclub. Listening to the audio. Edit: 2 Stars.It was a decent listen, but Punk rock is just not my thing. My favorite chapter was the one about her pets, so that should tell you something ;-) Just not the right fit for me.

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