Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
As well-known now for her role in Portlandia as she is for founding the riot-grrrl band Sleater Kinney, Carrie Brownstein’s memoir covers a childhood that leads to the center of the alt-rock universe of the Pacific Northwest in the ’90s. Time provides a level of self-awareness to Brownstein, while she retells the journey of her band through the industry and around the world.
One of my favorite aisles in any bookstore is the one stocked with memoirs, collections, biographies, and road journals of the bands that I’ve listened to over the years. Exploring the life of a musician enriches the experience of listening to their creations, offers up new perspectives to their songs, and provides context for the decisions they made, creatively or otherwise. Their background colors their art.
Besides that, the life and times of musicians tend to be fascinating. They’re great storytellers and typically have unique stories to share. With that in mind, here are five books about music that I’d recommend. Put on a playlist, and dive in.
Featured Image: Granamour Weems Collection/AlamyStock Photo