The Importance of Music to Girls

The Importance of Music to Girls

Book - 2007
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A warm and engrossing book for any music lover!
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2007.
ISBN: 9780571230280
Characteristics: 195 p. ;,23 cm.


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Feb 10, 2009

I was Ian Curtis, too. Watching the lightning pass through him as he shook on stage, I thought of my panic attacks which were also electrical, a long moment of shock. I was about to go into the world and it kept pulling itself out from under my feet. Four months later, Ian Curtis hanged himself and I realised he was not Werther but a man in pain. I wasn't twenty-three but seventeen, and I was a girl. My pain erupted into panic every time I tried to walk away.

Jan 20, 2009

I remember the dancing of my earliest years in silence, as about the body alone. My father must have hummed a tune as I stood on his shoes and he waltzed me, but what I remember are the giant steps I was suddenly making. The world rose up under one foot and pushed my body to one side as that foot set off in a high violent arc. I didn't know if I was going to be able to follow but at the last moment the world gathered up the rest of me. And so it went on: the world pulled and shoved while I lurched and stretched.


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Dec 28, 2008

A review I read somewhere characterized "The Importance of Music to Girls" as a feminine "High Fidelity." I think it's much more emotionally unsettled, ambiguous and thorny than that, although it does share the same fundamental passion for music as an informing thread in one's formative years. And yes, the mix tape as love letter and personal statement makes appearances here, too.

Uneven at first (perhaps attributable to some of the pieces being published elsewhere), the collection picks up momentum and cohesiveness and gains focus as Greenlaw gets to punk music and, ironically, struggles with what she wants to do with her future. "Unquiet," which links Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther" and Shakespeare's Hamlet with Joy Division's enigmatic and tragic Ian Curtis, is particularly moving.

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