Book 15: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

I picked up Carrie Brownstein’s memoir because I love her work on Portlandia, one of the funniest shows on TV, rather than her musical work as one-third of punk band Sleater-Kinney.

Turns out the whole book is about Sleater-Kinney.

Well, sort of. Brownstein uses her experiences in Sleater-Kinney – a band I admire but don’t exactly love – to tell a broader story about feminism and music and finding a sense of belonging in performance.

She’s a good writer overall but a great writer about music: her descriptions of songs and songwriting and live performance are powerful and evocative, the book’s real strength.

Thoughtful and insightful.

Next: a global pandemic

Author: adamgartrell

Political journalist drowning in books

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