My Rock 'n' Roll Friend (Hardback)Tracey Thorn (author)
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The indie pop icon and bestselling author of Bedsit Disco Queen and Another Planet gifts the reader with a window into her friendship with Go-Betweens drummer Lindy Morrison in this characteristically witty and affectionate volume.
In 1983, backstage at the Lyceum in London, Tracey Thorn and Lindy Morrison first met. Tracey's music career was just beginning, while Lindy, drummer for The Go-Betweens, was ten years her senior. They became confidantes, comrades and best friends, a relationship cemented by gossip and feminism, books and gigs and rock 'n' roll love affairs.
Morrison - a headstrong heroine blazing her way through a male-dominated industry - came to be a kind of mentor to Thorn. They shared the joy and the struggle of being women in a band, trying to outwit and face down a chauvinist music media.
In My Rock 'n' Roll Friend Thorn takes stock of thirty-seven years of friendship, teasing out the details of connection and affection between two women who seem to be either complete opposites or mirror images of each other. This important book asks what people see, who does the looking, and ultimately who writes women out of - and back into - history.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 373 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 26 mm
'It's such a radical act - as well as loving one - for a woman to tell the story of her friend like this, and to free her (and all of us, it feels!) from the distorting prism of the male gaze. I honestly wanted to stand up and cheer!' - Melissa Harrison
'My Rock 'n' Roll Friend is a book to treasure, brimming with empathy and good jokes. It's something of a lost art, writing well about your friends, and Tracey Thorn does it brilliantly, capturing the difficult bits with great honesty, and shining a light into a whole industry. The book is a rare opportunity to see one sublime artist in counterpoint to another, and all the sexist bullshit is revealed, all the love and trouble, as Thorn shows once again how to be a beautiful chronicler of what memory does and what life amounts to' - Andrew O'Hagan
'I truly love this book. As a woman who's been in the music business over twenty-three years, I can relate to so much of it. Thorn's writing is important and necessary, as I realise how much I need a book to do the looking from my side of things. But it's not just a rebalance from the bore of yet another blokey book about the music world, Thorn pulls you into the love, to the scenes, heart-stopping moments, as if you were right there, wired in to see the world her way . . . and it finally makes sense' - Kathryn Williams
'Thorn's books to date have been uniformly fantastic. My Rock 'n' Roll Friend, which documents her intriguing 37-year relationship with Lindy Morrison, drummer in 80s Australian critical darlings The Go-Betweens - a band whose bookish public image concealed a noticeably tougher, earthier reality - promises equally great things' - Guardian, Ones to Watch
'Not only is this a vivid and heartfelt tribute to a mentor, it's also a thoughtful and moving meditation on the connective tissue of life-long friendship. Perhaps Thorn's best book yet' - The Bookseller, Editor's Choice
Praise for Another Planet:
'A beautiful writer . . . Exceptional . . . Made me catch my breath . . . Her language is straightforward, chatty, easy-to-read. Musical. Though Thorn tells us sharp truths, we gobble them up because she delivers them in such a deceptively pretty, poignant way' - Miranda Sawyer, Financial Times
'When Thorn digs into her adolescence, the book sparks with wit and poignancy, helped by extracts from her teenage diaries that she smartly exploits for comedy and bathos' - The Times
'Readers of Thorn's two previous memoirs will recognise the tone of this book, with its beautifully clean style, careful self-questioning and pervasive likability' - Guardian
'Tender, wise and funny' - Sunday Express
'I adored this. Wise, tender, beautifully observed, deadly funny. A Green Belt memoir classic' - Max Porter
'Tracey Thorn's memoir of growing up in suburbia finds the extraordinary in the ordinary . . . Thorn is a writer who can "give the mundane its beautiful due" . . . [A] delightful, incisive memoir' - Frank Cottrell-Boyce, New Statesman
'What a wise and funny book. Nostalgic but unsentimental, Thorn beautifully captures the aspirations, ennui and angst of suburban teenage life. I loved it' - David Nicholls
'Another Planet is about being a teenager in suburbia in the 1970s, and revisiting one's own youth from middle age. It touches on class, culture, music, plum jam and parenting teens. It's wonderful. You'll read it in one go' - Nina Stibbe
'A thoughtful guide to the Seventies as [Thorn] muses on her teenage years in rural Hertfordshire' - Daily Mail
'This tender-hearted, tough-minded book seems set to revivify a genre that can too often be self-deluding and thus pointless . . . She's a brilliant writer' - Spectator
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