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Paradoxical Undressing [Hardcover]

Kristin Hersh
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Book Description

1 Jan 2011
Kristin Hersh was a preternaturally bright teenager, starting university at fifteen and with her band, Throwing Muses, playing rock clubs she was too young to frequent. By the age of seventeen she was living in her car, unable to sleep for the torment of strange songs swimming around her head - the songs for which she is now known. But just as her band was taking off, Hersh was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Paradoxical Undressing chronicles the unraveling of a young woman's personality, culminating in a suicide attempt; and then her arduous yet inspiring recovery, her unplanned pregnancy at the age of 19, and the birth of her first son. Playful, vivid, and wonderfully warm, this is a visceral and brave memoir by a truly original performer, told in a truly original voice.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848872380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848872387
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kristin Hersh is an American songwriter and guitarist. She founded the seminal art-punk band Throwing Muses at age fourteen and is widely recognized as an indie rock pioneer. She is a mother of four, and lives in New Orleans.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for fans.. 16 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
Bought this book in a kindle format, so no comments from me on inappropriate cover image, but FIY there's an annoying number of i's and r's missing from words in it.

I didn't know anything about Kristin Hersh before I got this book, I just saw a brief review in a newspaper about it and it stuck in my head, so I got it before I went on a weekend getaway.

It's superbly well written, difficult to put down and is basically the kind of book you find yourself reading in the middle of the night trying not to wake anyone with your laughter. It's not always about funny things, but Kristin's take on the events in her life can be hilarious. Intermittently you find bits of song lyrics and a sort of little stories that describe how she's feeling at the time.

Since reading it, I got Throwing Muses' first album, which is lovely. Hasn't converted me into a die hard fan, but certainly has given me an entrance point into their music.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fish Jesus and Betty 4 May 2011
By Melissa
Format:Hardcover
Feeling priviledged today to blast along the coast road with Throwing Muses' first album playing, having been let into the sweat, graft, fear and joy that made those songs. For those of us who have had Kristin and the Muses' music in our lives for the past 25 years, Paradoxical Undressing is a companion piece, a revelation. And it's funny...
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5.0 out of 5 stars In case you were wondering 29 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You probably already know but if you don't this is the same text as Rat Girl with a groovy hardcover and some cool art. Buy this for preference I guess. Wish I knew this was available before buying the softback. A wonderful, enchanting and often funny read in any format. Shame I'm probably preaching to the converted.

If you're undecided and think it sounds interesting I urge you to take a chance and plunge in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kristen Hersh 9 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book is based on songwriter Hersh's diary from the late 1980s yet it reads like a novel. Having appreciated Hersh's music for over twenty years, I could be a bit biased but I have found this a riveting read. This story is better than any work of fiction from plaudit-strewn authors I have read in many a year and Hersh's genius remains woefully overlooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 3 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover
Kristin Hersh's memoire "Paradoxical Undressing" is one of the best books I've ever read. Recommended to anyone who likes Throwing Muses, Hersh's solo work or 50 Foot Wave, or music generally, or if you're in a band, or if you have ever suffered from depression or are bipolar, if you are a woman, or a man, or are in anyway human, or if you just like to read. Basically, everyone should read this book.
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