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Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City: A True Story of Faking It in Hair Metal L.A. [Kindle Edition]

Anne Thomas Soffee

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Cheeky humor, requisite irony, and passionately offhand exuberance fill Soffee's memories of being a heavy-drinking rock writer during the hair-band heyday in L.A., when long locks flung extravagantly about was way, way cool. A mock-interview frames flashbacks as the William and Mary alumna, who earned rocker credentials running a cable radio show featuring sixties garage bands, self-discloses. She then set out to make her mark in L.A. with gonzo music journalist Lester Bangs as her model, a pursuit that devolved into a picaresque parade of episodes, which she freights with on-target observations (on what "the look" of record store cashiers and college DJs says: "I make minimum wage, collect action figures, and live in my mother's basement, but man, am I COOL") in the recounting. Eventually, and after many adventures and a variety of substances abused, Soffee was brought into recovery from chemical dependence by a former Wolfman Jack sidekick and discovered a new meaning of "cool." Whitney Scott
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Adult/High School–Having graduated from William and Mary, Soffee, the nerd girl of the title and a longtime fan of hair-metal bands, decided that Virginia was not the place to enjoy her passion for the music. And so, with a vague statement of interest in her writing on music by the editor of a metal magazine in Hollywood, she set off for L.A. What she found there was not what she had expected: certainly not her dream of becoming the next great music critic. But the years she spent in L.A. were not without interest as she hit high points and low before having to accept the reality of the situation, aided by the triumph of grunge over metal and her own alcohol and drug addictions. This is not an unusual story; any number of memoirs by young writers chronicle those first uncertain years out of school. Yet Soffee's stands out for its humor and its lack of self-absorption and self-importance. The author has no illusions about the reality of her life at that time, nor does she now condemn it as wasted years. Neither a cautionary tale nor a paean to living it up, Nerd Girl will resonate with teens.–Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1374 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1556525869
  • Verlag: Chicago Review Press (1. September 2006)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005HF4D38
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not your typical memoir 10. September 2005
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Another memoir of a pivotal time of her life, but certainly not the same old memoir you find on bookstore shelves today. This one addresses the author's attempts to make it in LA as music journalist, and true to her chosen career path, the book is written less as an angsty, emotion laden memoir and more as a review.

This is not to disparage the book or to say that it is emotionless, because it's not. It just doesn't bog itself down with so much extraneous whining like many of the 400 page pity parties that are in print now. She doesn't back away from sharing intimate details, but she also doesn't feel the need to delve endlessly into the why and wherefor of her actions. She is unapologetic in her life recap, and that is something that is hard to find in the modern memoir.

If you remember the age of the hair bands, you will love this book for its insider information as much as for the overall story. This was a lot of fun to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Anne is back and better than ever! 6. September 2005
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I live in Southern California, and people visiting often want to see hollywood. They want to see Beverly Hills. When they get to Hollywood it is not at all what they expect. They expect some Norma Shearer stardust dream of a place---and what they get is right out of NERD GIRL.

Anne evokes this place as if channeling Nathaniel West and Charles Bukowski through the perceptural matrix of Wolfman Jack. She's all about Rock and Roll--and she wants to apply the razor of criticism to it's pimply little throat. Like Elvis C., she wants to bite that hand so badly. Not out of hate for rock and roll, but out of love for rock and roll. Anne Soffee, you see, is a true believer. But so much happens on the way.

THRILL to the loss of innocence! CRY every tear over foundered dreams! GASP at the tales of misspent love! WONDER at the redemption that shows up just in time.

This is the prequel to SNAKE HIPS--that is to say it takes place just before. I like it better because....well...You read it.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not bad but... 5. Februar 2007
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...not great either. I think I was expecting a real rock and roll expose but only got a few hints and snippets of what really went on in that world at that time. Most of the story takes place at a bar and focuses on the author's increasing disillusion with her chosen life, and her subsequent substance abuse -- unfortuantely a tale that's been done to death nowadays. I liked "Snake Hips" much better, if only because it was not the story of a drug-and-booze-fueled downfall, but of a woman finally finding herself and some insights on life and creativity. Anne's style, I will say, is very engaging. Truly she comes across like your "snarky best friend" and the text pulls you right into her world. I read this book in one sitting because I literally could not put it down, and yet I was left wanting more from the story than she gave. She's got sarcasm down to a science, but I kept waiting for something to really *happen* besides a few brushes with lesser-known musicians and a disastrous affair with a name-deleted "punk icon". C'mon, Anne, if you're really THAT hardcore of a rock chick you'd name some names here, lawsuits be damned. And you'd give a lot more gory detail on the naughty bits, too. The drag queens were hilarious but we never really got to know any of them up close. You circle around the edge of telling us what really happened out there and how it made you feel, but always pull back before we can get to see the whole picture. I was expecting a rock documentary, but only ended up with a few fuzzy snapshots. Oh well. Better that you're now a sober bellydancing author than just another street kid in L.A. who becomes a statistic. I will say that Glenn Danzig sounded like an interesting guy... but again, too bad you didn't get close enough to him to get more details. I would say to Amazon customers that this book is an OK read, but it's not a real "insider tell-all" if that's what you're looking for. And definitely don't read it if you're looking to be inspired by the rock scene, because you will come away depressed. In the end you will start to root for Anne's family, who keeps trying desperately to get her to come home. (And a good thing she did, otherwise we'd never have had "Snake Hips".) Call me square but I like her tale of bellydancing sobriety much better.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Keëping it Nërd 15. September 2005
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... Ms. Søffëe delivers another laugh-your-brains-oüt memoir. Armed with moxie and idealism, the author heads for Los Angeles to make her mark in the music journalism world, determined to keep it rockin' while hair metal is on its last gasp and being supplanted by grunge and alternative. While slightly more discreet than in her previous Snake Hips, Ms. Soffee names names which had me crowing in recognition. Her ability to laugh at herself in hindsight and make others follow her through the bum boyfriends, getting leeched by a Big Name and the benzos chased with beer without feeling like they're watching a trainwreck and gorefest. I highly recommend!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen This book falls short 21. Juli 2009
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As a lifelong Hair Rock musician, I miss the 80's Hollywood scene as it once was. I purchased this book, as I thought it would be interesting to view said "live music" world thru the eyes of a budding Rock Journalist.
Positive points: From the beginning, I enjoyed Anne's determination to "be somebody" in the world of Rock journalism. She offers a lot of cool buzzwords and catch-phrases that appeal to me. She also displays a few examples of people who will "promise you the moon but never deliver" that is so common in the music industry. I enjoyed her "hidden culture" stories about the Backlight bar and it's weird but wholesome characters.
Bad Points: While I expected this book to be more about the music scene, it becomes more of an account of Anne's mis-guided boyfriend choices. As a matter of fact, this book would have better-served up to a different title, such as "A Diary of Relationships Gone Bad" because there really ISN'T much focus on the music scene. Instead, this is about Anne feeling lonely and pursuing various men. Furthermore, she often goes off on a tangent and rambles too much, so that the reader must make an effort to stay focused on the root topic. Ironically, the closest example of real Rock Journalist insight is when she provides an example of a band review that she had wrtten for a music publication, which was entertaining in itself. Sadly, this book falls short in the big picture. Worse yet, it ends abruptly, as if the author ran out of ideas and just decided to end it right there. If you should I recommend this book to anyone? Sure...if you enjoy reading about poor dating choices and the social drama that runs with it. But if you are seeking true insight into the music biz as it once was on the Hollywood Strip, seek a different book.
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