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Engaging, Entertaining & Relatable,
This review is from: Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time (Paperback)
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.
For me the great thing about this book is that it's the first music-related memoir I've read that's written by someone of roughly the same age as me, and the fact that that someone is female comes as a bonus. I enjoyed reading the thoughts of someone who's grown up (albeit on a different continent) with the same musical landscape as me. All in all, hats off to the girl for getting her point across and writing a book that's so entertaining while also exposing the fact that even now us "chicks" are often put at an extreme disadvantage in the world of all things musical, no matter how much we may pride ourselves on thinking we're on an equal footing.
Record Collecting for Girls is a book I'd happily recommend it to anyone, female or not, who's grown up and learned to make sense of the world via a borderline obsessive interest in music.
[note - I received a free review copy of this book via Netgalley]
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