Record Collecting for Girls

Record Collecting for Girls

Unleashing your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at A Time

Book - 2011
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Record Collecting for Girls is an invitation for all of you stereophiles (who happen to be female), to make your own top-five lists, and then, armed and ready with the book’s fun facts, to argue their merits to the ever-present boys’ club of music snobs in your life.” —Sarahbeth Purcell, author of Love Is the Drug and This Is Not a Love Song

You never leave home without your iPod. You’re always on the lookout for new bands, and you have strong opinions when it comes to music debates, like Beatles vs. Stones. For years, you’ve listened to guys talk about all things music, but the female perspective has been missing. Until now.

Drawing on her personal life as a music enthusiast, as well as her experience working at MTV and in radio, Courtney E. Smith explores what music can tell women about themselves—and the men in their lives. She takes on a range of topics, from the romantic soundtracks of Romeo and Juliet to the evolution of girl bands. She shares stories from her own life that shed light on the phenomenon of guilty pleasures and the incredible power of an Our Song. Along the way, she evaluates the essential role that music plays as we navigate life’s glorious victories and its soul-crushing defeats. Finally, here is a voice that speaks to women—because girls get their hearts broken and make mix tapes about it, too.

“Courtney Smith has smarts and sass in spades. Her insights are as hilarious as they are thoughtful, and when you finish reading this book, you’ll feel like you just got home from a perfect night out with your best friend. And you’ll want to listen to Prince. At full volume.” —Megan Jasper, Executive Vice President, Sub Pop Records

Former MTV music programmer and MTV blogger Courtney E. Smith delivers a humorous and edgy look at the world of music from the female perspective.

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A former MTV music programmer shares a woman's perspective on classic music debates, reveals what can be learned about a person from their musical tastes, shares playlists for a variety of occasions and makes recommendations for how to select music from earlier years. Original.

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Smith explores what music can tell women about themselves-- and the men in their lives. From romantic soundtracks to the evolution of girl bands, she shares stories from her own life that shed light on the phenomenon of guilty pleasures and the incredible power of an "our song."

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547502236
Branch Call Number: 781.66 Sm53r
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 27, 2011

I was really dissapointed with this book. It started off okay, and I was under the impression that the book would be a record collecting memoir from a female perspective. I thought it would be a female version of John Sellers' "Perfect From Now On". This book was not that. Her experiences with music revolve mostly around her relationships. The music almost seemed secondary, and I had trouble believing that she loved music, just the boys who loved music. Read "Perfect From Now On" or Chuck Klosterman's "Killing Yourself to Live" instead. If you do want a rock book from a female perspective, read "She Bop" by Lucy O'Brian.


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