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The Importance of Music to Girls tells the story of the adventures that music leads us into - getting drunk, falling in love, cutting our hair, wanting to change the world - as well as the darker side of the adolescent years: loneliness, bullying, getting arrested. From bubble-gum pop to classical piano to punk rock, music is at first the key to being a girl and then the means of escape from all that. It is a way to talk to boys and a way to do without them.
Greenlaw records the importance of music in her life, from dancing on her father's shoes as a child to discovering her parents' records, buying her own, going to concerts and singing in the streets. The personal - her school reports and diary entries, and the girl behind them - is everywhere touched by the music that compelled her generation.
Fancying Donny Osmond and his shiny teeth, disco dancing in four inch wedge heels, wanting to be Joy Division's Ian Curtis - this is a beautiful, razor-sharp remembrance of childhood and adolescence, filtered through the medium of music.
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`Plays out as sweetly as any finely tuned mixed tape.' -- Anna Millar, Scotland on Sunday
`Sharp and gritty, intelligent and funny.'
-- Good Housekeeping
`The lyrical style recalls the depth of Joy Division and the joys of Donna Summer.' -- Frances Wilson, Daily Telegraph
`[A] highly original memoir which will resonate with everyone who has ever danced around a handbag or played air guitar.' -- Val Hennessey, Daily Mail
`[This book] made you feel that you had never read anything before that was really about childhood and adolescent experience.' -- Adam Phillips, Observer Books of the Year
Award-winning poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw's vivid and engaging portrait of what music means to us as we grow up.
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