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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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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!
It says on the cover that Fearne Cotton found this book hilarious, please don't let that put you off. Ms Wener is a million miles from the sort of vacuous "celebrity" that Fearne seems to epitomise. I hope this book is a huge success, and that, if it is, Louise buys herself a green Gibson SG!
I wasn't lucky enough to have had the freedom of living the whole of my teenage years in this country, but the music talked about in this book, the artists, the events, all brought back some really good memories on top of the laughs. And a certain reality that the relative innocence that we had back in the 70's/80's in comparison to the 90's and Noughties in which my son grew up, has totally gone. It was nostalgic, VERY funny, poignant and a great trip down memory lane.
I'd never heard of Sleeper til I read this book, but it was interesting to get a real-life account of someone who's been through the ups and downs of the fickle world of pop, and who came out on top and has gone on to live a very different but equally successful life, unlike many of the Britpop posse who are in such a sad state these days, back trying to plug the comeback gig/trail for a bob or two.
It's a really good read. One, and I mean this nicely, that I'd like to leave lying on a shelf in my bathroom/loo combo, that I could pick up and reminesce over again and again. I'm sure it'd soon get takers!
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...