It doesn't really make sense to give a star rating to a famous person's memoir. If you're interested in Kim Gordon's life for whatever reason (you likIt doesn't really make sense to give a star rating to a famous person's memoir. If you're interested in Kim Gordon's life for whatever reason (you like Sonic Youth, you care about Women in Rock, you enjoy reading about art scenes or gossiping about people's affairs), you will probably not feel like you wasted yr time on this book. I was rarely bored while reading it, and some of the bits about crafting her personal style and artistic philosophy are really great. I guess be forewarned that like 1/3 of this book is about Kim & Thurston's breakup (maybe this entices you).
Of course, Girl in a Band has a lot of the flaws I expect in a famous person's memoir: gratuitous name-dropping, disregard for the audience's interest (focusing on whatever the person thinks their most important work was and totally not mentioning whatever work I personally am most interested in), taking the supposed moral high ground of not using people's names while giving enough identifying details that everyone knows who they are... And, maybe this is so petty, but there are always so many errors in clarity and consistency (and sooo much redundancy) in celebrity memoirs that it appears as if no one else read over the text before it was published. ...more