Different for Girls: A girl's own true-life adventures in pop Paperback – 10 Jun 2010
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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)
Former Sleeper singer's comically shambolic growing up memoirSee all Product Description
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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...
The band were very small fry on the BritPop scene, I'd hoped that would mean the author would have insider information without insider loyalty. She doesn't. If you're looking for anecdotes, or witty asides, there's nothing here. There's certainly no discussion about why it was 'different for girls', unless you include a few lines about stupid questions from journalists (men get equally stupid questions too!).
Written chick lit style, there's the old trick of using big font and wide spacing to give the impression of a 300 plus page book. In fact you'll read it in an evening or 2 hours on the beach. The band and BritPop only take up the latter half of the book anyway.
It's pleasant enough, but there's no substance here. The book is so 'lite' is could blow away. Maybe that's all Britpop was anyway...
For heroic failure try Showbusiness: The Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Nobody, for behind the scenes in the music business 45, and for total pop star self destruction it was to be Head-On/Repossessed
(I'm well aware that Vine reviews of less than 5 stars for any product get marked down as unhelpful. This doesn't bother me a jot.)
I didn't mind Sleeper but wasn't a huge fan. The book did sound very appealing. From the start where she was taping the Top 40, I took to this book straight away as some of the earlier experiences were similar to my own. Who hasn't wanted to form a band of their own? The details of the band's ups and downs and subsequent downfall gave such an interesting insight (also into the Britpop era - this gave me a fair few surprises!) as we could never know what its like to experience this and now its made me glad I never formed a band!
I loved this book and even if you weren't a fan of Sleeper it still makes great reading.
I'm very pleased I did. The first part, the teenage angst, the misery of not being one of the cool kids at school, will strike a chord with anyone who grew up in the 70's and 80's, and it was fun to hear it from a female perspective. But it's the second part, the rise and fall of Sleeper, a world most of us will never know, that really made the book for me. By turns funny, reflective and bittersweet, it charts the highs and lows of the band with a great turn of phrase. Louise isn't afraid to point at herself and laugh, and her pen sketches of some other Britpop luminaries are funny and revealing. There's no self-pity about Sleepers' eventual implosion, she's well aware that many people would have loved to have experienced that lifestyle. Instead she just lifts a corner so we can see what it was like and draw our own conclusions.
I read the book in one sitting, and it genuinely made me laugh out loud. It's a female counterpart to "Lost in Music" by Giles Smith, and I can't give it a higher recommendation than that. As with most books of this sort you have to admire her powers of recall, but that's part of the charm: many of the things she describes would be pretty hard to forget!Read more ›
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Brilliantly written, couldn`t put it down! Hilarious and insightfulPublished 22 months ago by chris roe
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... Read morePublished 23 months ago by charleysays
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 morePublished on 19 Aug. 2013 by Andrew J. Barratt
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. Read morePublished on 11 April 2012 by Terry Bond, author
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 morePublished on 1 Mar. 2011 by Brian S. Lloyd
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... Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2010 by Flickering Ember
Louise Wener's adventures in the Brit pop scene of the 90's is funny and always an interesting read. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2010 by Cat
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 morePublished on 22 Oct. 2010 by Jr Lorrimer
I was a bit old for Britpop - in my mid-30s when it was at its height, Sleeper barely grazed my consciousness. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2010 by Lendrick