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Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love
Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love
by Courtney Love
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars title, 12 Jan. 2007
This book is worth a read if you're a big fan of Courtney, but I felt it was a bit substance-less, especially after all the raving reviews I've heard from people. Maybe I'm missing something here. The first half of the book from Courtneys days before fame is pretty interesting. On one level it's predictable, the school reports are telling. On another level it's quite warming to see the kind of scribbles a lot of us wrote as teens. However, the further we get into the book the more filled it becomes with pictures 'taped in', rather than writing, which was a let-down for me. You can google 'Courtney Love' and find the same pictures floating about - I was looking for writings and expression. Reading a diary, I was expecting more expression and/or emotion. As I say, this all tails off by the end - perhaps that in itself is telling of Courtney.

To summarise, if you are a big fan of Courtney you will find large parts of this interesting, and it's a plus that it is a beautifully presented book, but ultimately it leaves you wanting more than what you got. However if you're not especially a fan of her and are expecting to get an interesting read this is probably not worth your money.

Patti Smith Complete: Lyrics, notes and reflections for the future
Patti Smith Complete: Lyrics, notes and reflections for the future
by Patti Smith
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 6 Dec. 2004
This book is beautiful. It's a book you can pick up and flick to any page, read some of the lyrics, look at some of the pictures, and feel the pain and joy and sorrow and ecstasy of a beautiful, strong woman who has endured a lot of suffering. It's like taking a trip through the memory lane of Smith's mind. I've read it over and over, and enjoyed it everytime.

Pretty in Punk: Girls' Gender Resistance in a Boys' Subculture
Pretty in Punk: Girls' Gender Resistance in a Boys' Subculture
by Lauraine Leblanc
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written investigation, 6 Dec. 2004
I have found this book very interesting... I was slightly deterred by the price but decided to take a chance and I am delighted to say it was a great investment. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is an investigation into how females can utilize punk-lifestyle as a resistance strategy against the ultimately degrading 'game of femininity'.
Leblanc does cover a fair bit of punk history and music in the book, certainly enough to cement her points and explain the many different facets to the subculture - but this book is definitely more suitable for those whose interest lies just as much, if not more heavily, in sociology and/or feminism than punk.
A very interesting, well-written study. If your interest lies in sociology then buy this. If your interest lies more in the actual subculture of punk than the sociological side of it, then I would still consider it worth a read, but perhaps not so worth it at this price.

Grrrls: Viva Rock Divas
Grrrls: Viva Rock Divas
by Amy Raphael
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an inspirational read, 20 April 2004
i found this book to be really interesting. to be honest, ive only had it3 days and i have one chapter left, so although im not finished i cansafely say i have thoroughly enjoyed this book. there are some parts whichfeel repetitive and a little tedious but these are very few and farbetween. this book makes me feel very inspired, providing an insight intothe lives of many females in music, looking at the converse insanity andnormality of their lives. i would say it is definitely worth buying, avery good read. i was prepared to see the same info recycled like so manymusic bio's, but it was packed with new information and interesting facts.

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