CHIRP Book Club

Join CHIRP at our store on Thursday, November 8th, for the next installment of their bi-monthly book group, covering Hunger Make Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

 

FAQ:
 
Q: Do I have to finish the whole book?
 
A: No! Really, you just need to have an opinion or interest in the topic of the book. You will not be tested on comprehension or interpretation of themes, motifs, etc.
 
Q: What do you guys talk about?
 
A: Usually we'll have someone facilitate the discussion by asking some general questions (did you like/dislike? favorite/least favorite part, etc.) and identifying some interesting passages or questions raised by the book. We also listen to music related to the topic at hand.
 
Q: Is it a big group?
 
A: Nope, typically just 4-8 people, which is probably for the best. We want to have a good discussion where everybody feels comfortable to speak. 
 
Q: How late do you go?
 
A: The shop closes at 8pm and we try to get out shortly after. Participants are encouraged to continue their discussions over drinks at one of Roscoe's many fine establishments. 
 
Each meeting is BYOB and light refreshments are provided. If you are interested in leading the discussion for any of the books listed above or making a playlist, please email moizza@chirpradio.org.
 
Books we've covered so far:
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azzerad
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop by Bob Stanley
Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3)
Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper
Rip it Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds
How Music Works by David Byrne
Event date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:00pm
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184765
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - October 25th, 2016

Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest just as it was becoming the setting for one the most important movements in rock history. Seeking a sense of home and identity, she would discover both while moving from spectator to creator in experiencing the power and mystery of a live performance. With Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein and her bandmates rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s. They would be cited as “America’s best rock band” by legendary music critic Greil Marcus for their defiant, exuberant brand of punk that resisted labels and limitations, and redefined notions of gender in rock.
 
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later.
 
With deft, lucid prose Brownstein proves herself as formidable on the page as on the stage. Accessibly raw, honest and heartfelt, this book captures the experience of being a young woman, a born performer and an outsider, and ultimately finding one’s true calling through hard work, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll.