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Different for Girls: A girl's own true-life adventures in pop [Paperback]

Louise Wener
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Book Description

10 Jun 2010

Note to customers: This book is also available under the title "Just For One Day: Adventures in Britpop".

This is a story of an ordinary girl’s transformation from awkward 80s suburban pop geek to 90s jet-set pop goddess. It’s about the embarrassments of growing up and experimenting with who you are and how pop music is both the comic and life-affirming soundtrack that runs through it all.

Different for Girls is for anyone who ever sang into a hairbrush and slow-danced to Spandau Ballet's True. It's about growing up with Look-In and Jackie magazine and daubing your hair with poster paint to look more like Toyah Wilcox. It's about bad perms, bad boyfriends and the nagging feeling that no man will quite measure up to Nick Heyward from Haircut One Hundred. It's also about the journey from bad band to great band, from gigs in toilets to gigs in stadiums with all the mistakes, joys, disappointments and successes in between. It’s a journey which starts with a 12-year-old perfecting her dance routine to Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights in front of TOTPs and ends, almost 20 years later, with the same girl having REM’s Michael Stipe sing happy birthday to her on a warm summer’s evening accompanied by 70,000 strangers.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (10 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091936519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091936518
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teen love, bad haircuts, great music and laugh-out-loud memories" (Fearne Cotton)

"Wise, funny and loving - a brilliant memoir about Britpop and possibly the best rock biography since Nik Cohn's AwopBopAlooBop-AlopBamBoom." (Tony Parsons)

"This book is absolutely wonderful - I just read four passages out loud to the Word staff - to actual applause!" (Mark Ellen The Word)

"... funny, readable and filled with proper gossip. Most importantly, it's a perceptive and tenacious look at what it was really like to be a girl among the blokes in that era" (Alexandra Heminsley The New Review, Independent on Sunday)

"(This week Sam has been) laughing, crying and over-identifying with Louise Wener's hilarious memoir, Different For Girls." (Sam Baker - Editor of Red Magazine)

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Former Sleeper singer's comically shambolic growing up memoir

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic 3 Dec 2012
By Miss AL Holloway TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I was a student when the whole Britpop thing was going on and it seemed like such an exciting time for music. I liked Sleeper a lot and had bought all three of their albums, I loved their catchy tunes and Louise's unique, breathy voice. I was at the REM concert in Milton Keynes that she writes about in the book, where Micheal Stipe sang Happy Birthday to her, and was very interested to read her account of that. I also like to read anything about the Britpop era as I can get quite nostalgic over it! Ahh, memories of crap student parties! Ha! Ahem, back to the book. It was much more than a look at Britpop from a female's point of view, it is also the story of Louise herself, her childhood and her experiences before and after the band were popular. I enjoyed it a lot. If you like Sleeper, Biographies and/or Britpop, you probably will too because Louise Wener tells her story well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By M. W. Hatfield VINE VOICE
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There are many books like this around- funny and true accounts of a celebrity life, written with a touch of cynicism, a touch of nostalgia, a few well-chosen bits of scandal or revelation. They are often entertaining if trivial. They are, without exception, the story of a predictable journey from non-entity to celeb, with entirely obvious pitfalls and tribulations.
So what makes this different?
The title gives a clue: it's a singularly feminine perspective, told through the eyes of an intelligent, self-critical and imaginative participant, who is not afraid to cast herself in a bad light.It's an engaging and a compelling read. Also: Louise Wener is a gifted writer, able to produce lucid and clear prose which is fluent and honest. No, it won't change the world. And yes, it does suffer from the flaws described above. But it transcends them because it's so well-written and truthful.

Worth a read-even if you don't know who Sleeper were. And most definitely worth looking at if you're a female singer, looking to work in the field of pop music. Could save you a lot of heartache...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, a walk down memory lane ... 11 April 2012
I'm six or seven years older than Louise Wener, but I was with her all the way on this musical trip down memory lane. Who DIDN'T tape Top of the Pops and the Top 40 show every week on low-tech cassette recorders (hey, we didn't have video recorders in THOSE days)? Who DIDN'T apply to sing on Opportunity Knocks? Who DIDN'T lust after moonboots (and in my case pink furry bomber jackets)? Louise writes with wit and catches perfectly the spirit of the 70s and 80s. The formation and rise to fame of her band was less enjoyable for me, but then even though I've heard of Sleeper, I couldn't have named anything they'd done. No matter, it was interesting to follow their 'antics' and sad to see their predictable demise. The epilogue, in which Louise commits herself to doing everything (embarrassing) in her power to prevent her kids becoming pop stars, reminds me of my brother's attitude to the raising of his daughter, who is not - apparently - going to be allowed to do anything until she's 30! A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop this book in your basket. 26 Nov 2010
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book because not only do I remember the era and specifically the artist, but I am really into music and love reading about the experiences of people in the industry. I found this book very accessible and easy to read because it was written in such an open, down to earth way. It was just like reading the diary or blog of a close female friend. There was plenty of humour, some of it rather self-depricating, and it was impossible not to warm to Louise Weiner. Whether or not you're into the music itself, the book provides a fascinating insight into the world as it was for female recording artists in the 90s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Interesting 8 Nov 2010
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Louise Wener's adventures in the Brit pop scene of the 90's is funny and always an interesting read. Her pre-fame tales of taping top of the pops and going to her first gig at MK bowl are the best parts of the book however, and will strike a cord with any music fan or child of the 70s and 80s. I have little memory of her band Sleeper, but it matters not. This book is absorbing and at no time over-glamourises fame, just tells it like it was for a woman who kept at it. Different For Girls is well written and won't last long in the unread pile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read 24 Aug 2010
By Marie
Before "Different for Girls," I had only read one of Louise Wener's other books, the fictional "Goodnight Steve McQueen." I find that I enjoy her nonfiction much more. "Different for Girls" is a sometimes humorous but always honest memoir about Louise's time in the Britpop band Sleeper. The book is divided up into two different sections: her adolescent years as an awkward kid listening to pop music, and then growing into an adult and discovering indie music. Louise doesn't sugarcoat anything about her experience as a pop star. I found her thoughts on how her "sexy" lyrics were perceived very interesting. Also, her account of the end of Britpop was both heartbreaking and hilarious. If you're a fan of Britpop, or even just witty writing, then give "Different for Girls" a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girls rock (or should that be pop)! 28 Aug 2014
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The trials and tribulations of being in a band during the Britpop age. Particularly engaging as it does this from a female perspective and shows the fact there was a double standard in the way that women in music were treated by business and journalists. It is also funny and thought-provoking and held my interest so well that I finished it in on a few sittings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliantly written, couldn`t put it down! Hilarious and insightful
Published 3 days ago by chris roe
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy
I bought this for the unique insight I'd hope to gleam from Louise's Sleeper experiences, expecting similar stories to Alex James' unrelenting account of the 90s in A Bit Of A Blur... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andrew J. Barratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
This book is superb. Really honest, and 'laugh out loud funny' in places. I read this just after finishing Keith Richard's book, Life. That's a great book. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by Brian S. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining account
Sleeper are one of those bands that never quite rocked my planet. They released a few catchy singles and had a cute singer, but they weren't a band I ever gave a great deal of time... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2010 by Jr Lorrimer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling pop memoir
I was a bit old for Britpop - in my mid-30s when it was at its height, Sleeper barely grazed my consciousness. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2010 by Lendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, entertaining, funny and honest
I was 17 in 1994, when Sleeper released their first album, so as you'd imagine the whole Britpop thing was quite a big deal for me. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2010 by T. SMEDLEY
3.0 out of 5 stars Part One is great
I raced through Part One of this autobiography and eagerly approached Part Two. At this point the book was a definite 5/5, then it just suddenly went down hill. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by SJSmith
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