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Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh
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Sep 14, 2010

it was amazing

Throwing Muses was a seminal post-punk band, the first American band signed by the influential British label 4AD (home of the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Wolfgang Press, etc). Rat Girl is a memoir by Kristin Hersh, founder of Throwing Muses, and it's based on a diary Hersh kept for a year. In this year, Hersh was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, became pregnant, signed with 4AD, and released the band's first, self-titled album. Hersh uses the diary as source material, and transforms it into a strange mix of sad, funny, weird, and intelligent. She intersperses song lyrics throughout the prose, shedding light on both the songs and the situations around which they're built. Hersh is a very engaging writer, and a very honest one.

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Molly Oh, I loved loved loved Kristin Hersh long ago. Thanks for reminding me of her work!

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