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Kristin Hersh: 'Rat Girl' (2010)

Kristin Hersh: Rat Girl (2010)
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Even if you know nothing about Hersh's band – the 1980s Rhode Island art-punks Throwing Muses – her story is an essential first-hand account of the indie rock uprising. Her narrative voice is warm, friendly and surprisingly funny. When Hersh gets pregnant and decides to have the kid, without giving up her band, she shrugs, "I'll cross the living-in-a-van-is-probably-child-abuse bridge when I come to it." Deep down it's a story about messed-up kids finding one other, starting a band, and accidentally scrounging up an audience of similarly messed-up kids. It belongs on the shelf next to Michael Azerrad's classic Our Band Could Be Your Life.

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