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Carrie Brownstein Pens Memoir ‘Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl’

Guitarist and ‘Portlandia’ star’s autobiography will hit shelves this fall


Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney performs on February 26, 2015. The guitarist and 'Portlandia' star will release her memoir this fall

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Fresh off interviewing Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon about her autobiography Girl in a Band, Sleater-Kinney guitarist and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein has revealed plans for a memoir of her own. According to a preorder page on the Penguin Publishing site, Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl will hit shelves October 27th. The book’s title is borrowed from a lyric featured in Sleater-Kinney’s The Woods track “Modern Girl.”

Penguin describes the memoir as a “deeply personal and revealing narrative of Brownstein’s life in music, from ardent fan to pioneering female guitarist to comedic performer and luminary in the independent rock world… This book intimately captures what it feels like to be a young woman in a rock-and-roll band, from her days at the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s through today.”

In an interview with NME about the memoir, Brownstein said of her life story, “It pretty much ends with Sleater-Kinney going on hiatus, and a little bit of leading on from that. But it doesn’t even really go onto Portlandia.” Between the S-K break and the emergence of Portlandia on IFC, Brownstein was a frequent contributor to NPR’s Monitor Mix in addition to penning stories for The Believer and Slate.

Sleater-Kinney recently wrapped up the triumphant first U.S. leg of their reunion tour. After touring Europe, the No Cities to Love trio will return to the States for another jaunt kicking off April 16th at Dallas, Texas’ Granada Theatre.

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