Hardback Bedsit disco queen : how I grew up and tried to be a pop star / Tracey Thorn.
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: London : Virago,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781844088669 (hbk.) : 9781405513982 (ebook) :
Tracey Thorn was only 16 when she bought an electric guitar and joined a band. A year later, she formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls and played gigs, and signed to an indie label, and started releasing records. Then, for 18 years, between 1982 and 2000, Thorn was one half of the group Everything But the Girl. This is the funny, perceptive and candid story of her 30-year pop career.
xii, 364 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
An undemanding read with a light (but not trivial) touch. Great for anyone (like me) who is female, in their early to middle fifties, to remember the musical and political forces that shaped us in the late 70s and 1980s - and perhaps to share with a daughter or son to try to convey why feminism was such an important - and cool - thing in our lives then and why we often sound frustrated or disappointed about the way things have unfolded since! Tracey isn't disappointed though... she has a gentle wisdom and makes some great observations about fame and 'celebrity', before celebrity was any sort of a thing and fame was an ambition in itself.