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Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band Kindle Edition
Told with the gritty, up-close feel of a behind-the-scenes documentary film, this is the story of three young women who wanted to play rock and roll like the boys. It follows their coming together in the underground grunge-rock scene in Minneapolis, their early club days, and their discovery by Warner Bros. Records. It tracks their dramatic breakup (and reconfiguration), goes through the often funny, sometimes inspiring, and always emotional recording sessions for their album Fontanelle, and goes stage-side as they film their all-important video for MTV. Veteran journalist Neal Karlen was given unprecedented access to Warners marketing and strategy meetings, where he observed firsthand the star-making machinery that runs the pop music business. From punk rockers in the mosh pit to rock stars in mansions, Babes in Toyland contains revealing snapshots of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, as well as Beavis and Butt-head, today's most powerful rock critics.
Center-stage in this story are the members of Babes in Toyland: Kat Bjelland, the punk-rock poetess who'd dreamed of being a star since she was five years old; Lori Barbero, the dreadlocked drummer and band mother who was best friend to everybody in the alternative music scene; and Maureen Herman, the brainy bassist who struggled to fit in with the group. There's also Tim Carr, the Warner Bros. A & R man who saw in the Babes the talent and drive to make it to the top of the grunge scene. Finally, there's Babes in Toyland's triumphant spot on the 1993 Lollapalooza, the most prestigious tour in rock and roll. In this real-life version of The Commitments, readers will also see how success can do more to damage a band of best friends than failure.
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- ASIN : B00DPTK4S6
- Publisher : Crown; 1st edition (July 24, 2013)
- Publication date : July 24, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 5189 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 295 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,042 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He achieves a balance between background information and its relevance to the story of BIT. Sometimes he digresses quite a bit to make the point. Be patient, though, because you will be rewarded.
I came away from this book enriched with the development of the Riot Grrl movement, Billie Holliday, and the difficulties Jewish executives have faced in the entertainment business. All of it handled intelligently with enough research to round out the story and it's effects on BIT.
I highly recommend as a companion book the fictional tale of Molly Montgomery in "Guitar Girl" by Sarra Manning. One complements the other so well. Each book provides an in-depth look at the music business by journalists who have seen it as it happens. Reading them side-by-side will be an adventure and learning experience you don't want to miss.