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Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time Paperback – 6 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Original edition (6 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547502230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547502236
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2011 09 Pages: 240 in Publisher: Mariner Books Record Collecting for Girls is an invitation for all of you stereophiles (who happen to be female) to make your own top-five lists. and then. witharmed and ready with the book's fun facts. to argue their merits to the ever-present boys' club of music snobs in your life. -Sarahbeth Purcell. author of Love Is the Drug and This Is Not a Love Song You never leave home without your iPod. You're always on the lookout for new bands. and you have strong opinions when it comes to music debates. like Beatles vs. Stones. For years. you've listened to guys talk about all things music. but the female perspective has been missing. Until now. Drawing on her personal life as a music enthusiast. as well as her experience working at MTV and in radio. Courtney E. Smith explores what music can tell women about themselves-and th...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Indolent on 14 Sept. 2011
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First of all, let's get the title out of the way. This book is not literally some kind of how-to "guide" on collecting records or being a music fan in general if you happen to be female. In reality it's part memoir, part collection of essays on the music industry and its treatment of women, and on music fandom from the female perspective. That's not to say that women experience music differently from men, but it's still nice to read a book written by a woman as a contrast to the countless memoirs out there penned by male rock journalists and other assorted industry types.

Courtney E. Smith's book is a fun, tongue-in-cheek twist on that whole genre, and well worth the read for any music lover. It's not necessarily a book you'll learn much from if you already have even a passing familiarity with the history of rock and pop music, but rather one that will have you nodding in agreement in a lot of places, and laughing out loud at in others. There were a few parts that I wasn't so interested in which had me zoning out and flipping through the pages until we got back to something I could relate to, but for the most part this book made for an enjoyable, engaging and interesting read.

The author comes across as someone I'd probably want to be friends with if I knew her in real life, a girl who obsesses and fixates to just the right degree (that is to say, the nth degree) about the bands she likes, the bands she doesn't like, and the bands she might like but hasn't heard yet. What's not to love about a girl who can't get enough of Swedish indie music, keeps a special place in her heart for Car Wash Hair by Mercury Rev, and who lets slip that she's listened to Pulp's Razzmatazz forty-one times since 2008? Nothing, that's what.
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By H. Stoevring on 13 Feb. 2012
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I didn't grow up listening to a lot of classic rock; my mom raised me on mostly pop music so I've always felt there was a big hole in musical knowledge. This book helped me uncover some bands I had heard but never known, and the influences behind music I already loved.

At the same time the author is a great story teller and shares entertaining stories from her life, explaining how they all lead her to love various types of music and many different bands and songs. After each chapter she has included a playlist of the songs mentioned in the chapter, which really ties the whole thing together.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Badly Marketed, Mostly About Author's Life 7 Sept. 2011
By E. A. Montgomery - Published on
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I approached this book expecting rock criticism written by a woman. The first chapter is an excellent essay on that very topic. Sadly for me, the book quickly changes course to focus on the author's love life. Record Collecting reads like a blog to book memoir and as such it's marketing does author and reader no favors. If I had approached this as "My Years At MTV" or "The Guys I Dated And The Music We Listened To" I am certain my reading experience would have been different. Courtney Smith can be entertaining. I might have given it a 3. As a music guide - it's completely lacking. Smith offers little in the way of musical education or expanding one's knowledge base. Her advice is fairly simple, listen to things and see if you like them. Readers expecting a personal memoir will be far more satisfied than readers looking for a woman's take on building a record collection of depth.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Music Nerds: It's Different for Girls 19 Dec. 2011
By A. Whitney - Published on
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I agree with author Courtney Smith that music nerdism has largely been the realm of guys, and that women should come forward and embrace their own musical obsessions. I'm just not sure that Smith is the one I want leading me in the charge. I was hoping that it would be inspirational, give ideas for finding new music, that it would explore new genres and give insight to what connects us to music. Yet the book actually feels more like a printed blog. It's more memoir than true essay. For a book about empowering women's musical tastes it is too boy-crazy. Every essay seems to reference some guy she dated or was obsessed over. I get that the friends (and especially the people that we date) can greatly influence our musical taste, but the boy talk was distracting and I think a more skilled writer could have done it much better.

Where the book does shine is when Smith is revealing and embracing some of the silly but very real idiosyncrasies of music nerds, the idea of a favorite band selling out, or what a guy's favorite band might say about his date-ability. While I am a diehard Smiths fan, I had to admit that she has a point about overly-obsessed guy fans. She admits to some of these foibles in a genuine and humorous way.

The playlists at the end of each chapter are helpful if the reader wants to explore more of the music she references, but personally I didn't feel the need to actually listen to any of the music as overall I had heard of most of the bands she referenced. While I can respect Smith's experience as a music programmer at MTV, I don't feel that experience makes her the right person to lead the charge. As I mentioned before this book reads more like a blog and probably should have been kept in that format.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
not worth the paper its printed on 18 Nov. 2011
By The Mariners Fan - Published on
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I tried my hardest to finish this book, and it literally took me almost 3 months to do it. I was excited when I received this and dove right in, and in about 20 minutes i put tossed it on the floor. As others have stated, its a book that is more of a badly written memoir accompanied. Her constant attempts at being funny were annoying and her musical taste is well...just as bad as her writing. Granted we all have different tastes in music, but hers was I felt extremely limited to a couple of genres. If you're going to write a book about music, i expect a broader range of it. Plus her condescending attitude was unnecessary, unless it was meant to be funny....which none of it was.

This book has nothing to do with record collecting, or anything other than her musical tastes and her relationships with men. And these relationships seemed like something a teen would encounter, not a grown adult. Overall, i'm really happy I didn't pay for this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not completely terrible... 17 May 2012
By sarabella - Published on
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...but definitely not what I was expecting.

Some decent insights on gender inequality in music and (some of) what influences women in music, but more of a memoir of someone I don't care about and a one reviewer put it "Record Collecting for Girls Who Care What Boys Think".

Overall, I'm kinda bummed I chose this to read over some other great books in my "to read" pile.
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Entertaining and definitely a great concept with some small caveats 16 Feb. 2012
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I have to preface this review by noting that the music lovers I know - no matter the age or gender- usually have strong opinions about which songs and albums they love and loathe. They are prone to spirited and often loud debates about the merits of serious musical artists.

I note this only because I think author Courtney Smith couldn't avoid the inevitable issues that arise with a book like this: opinions about music, stated strongly and directly, will cause a certain percentage of readers to boo and hiss...simply they don't share the same views. I understand this impulse, having been shocked to discover the musical "taste" of some of my friends. The urge to judge was strong but reason prevailed..well, so far.I still have a hard time understanding how a good friend could possibly like the music of...well, never mind. I'm sure you get my drift.

If one uses Record Collecting for Girls as a conversation starter and inspiration to think about "top 5" lists of favorite artists, can be quite a fun read. But it is isn't what I would call a guide ( as the title suggests). Instead, it is a series of often intriguing essays combined with the author's memories of the music which influenced her life. Yes, there are playlists but they are only a part of what is contained in this book and I wouldn't call them guides.

As I read Record Collecting for Girls, there were several topics which kept my attention. I especially enjoyed the piece, "Where Have All the Girl Bands Gone?" with info about Phil Spector ad his domineering personality but also his absolute genius when it came to finding and promoting musical talent. It was a trip down Nostalgia Lane to read about The Runaways, the Go Gos, and others.

I thought Smith's piece about break- up songs was brilliant, perhaps because it struck so close to the bone. When relationships hit the skids, certain songs seem to resonate through each stage. There are the angry songs, perfect for outrage and feeling betrayed. There are sad, grieving works to echo the sense of loss. Bit by bit, song by song, relationships end, often with music playing in the background. Smith picks music to fit just about every break-up situation imaginable.

I would have given this one 5 stars but I felt that Smith hadn't quite hit her stride yet, with an uneven quality to the pieces - some great, some so-so, etc. She certainly has the credentials to write a stunner of a book, especially with her background as a music programmer and manager of label relations at MTV for years. She was also among the first to make waves on the Internet writing and chatting about music. I'm eager to read more of her work.
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