Bedsit Disco Queen

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Bedsit Disco Queen

Bedsit Disco Queen

How I grew up and tried to be a pop star

  • Author: Tracey Thorn
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1405513985
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
  • View: 1794
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I was only sixteen when I bought an electric guitar and joined a band. A year later, I formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls and played gigs, and signed to an indie label, and started releasing records. Then, for eighteen years, between 1982 and 2000, I was one half of the group Everything But the Girl. In that time, we released nine albums and sold nine million records. We went on countless tours, had hit singles and flop singles, were reviewed and interviewed to within an inch of our lives. I've been in the charts, out of them, back in. I've seen myself described as an indie darling, a middle-of-the-road nobody and a disco diva. I haven't always fitted in, you see, and that's made me face up to the realities of a pop career - there are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes.

Naked at the Albert Hall

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Naked at the Albert Hall

Naked at the Albert Hall

The Inside Story of Singing

  • Author: Tracey Thorn
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0349005257
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 256
  • View: 9904
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In her bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, Tracey Thorn recalled the highs and lows of a thirty-year career in pop music. But with the touring, recording and extraordinary anecdotes, there wasn't time for an in-depth look at what she actually did for all those years: sing. She sang with warmth and emotional honesty, sometimes while battling acute stage-fright. Part memoir, part wide-ranging exploration of the art, mechanics and spellbinding power of singing, NAKED AT THE ALBERT HALL takes in Dusty Springfield, Dennis Potter and George Eliot; Auto-tune, the microphone and stage presence; The Streets and The X Factor. Including interviews with fellow artists such as Alison Moyet, Romy Madley-Croft and Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, and portraits of singers in fiction as well as Tracey's real-life experiences, it offers a unique, witty and sharply observed insider's perspective on the exhilarating joy and occasional heartache of singing.

Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music

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Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music

Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music

Performance, Authority, Authenticity

  • Author: Jacqueline Warwick,Allison Adrian
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317424603
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 300
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This interdisciplinary volume explores the girl’s voice and the construction of girlhood in contemporary popular music, visiting girls as musicians, activists, and performers through topics that range from female vocal development during adolescence to girls’ online media culture. While girls’ voices are more prominent than ever in popular music culture, the specific sonic character of the young female voice is routinely denied authority. Decades old clichés of girls as frivolous, silly, and deserving of contempt prevail in mainstream popular image and sound. Nevertheless, girls find ways to raise their voices and make themselves heard. This volume explores the contemporary girl’s voice to illuminate the way ideals of girlhood are historically specific, and the way adults frame and construct girlhood to both valorize and vilify girls and women. Interrogating popular music, childhood, and gender, it analyzes the history of the all-girl band from the Runaways to the present; the changing anatomy of a girl’s voice throughout adolescence; girl’s participatory culture via youtube and rock camps, and representations of the girl’s voice in other media like audiobooks, film, and television. Essays consider girl performers like Jackie Evancho and Lorde, and all-girl bands like Sleater Kinney, The Slits and Warpaint, as well as performative 'girlishness' in the voices of female vocalists like Joni Mitchell, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kathleen Hanna, and Rebecca Black. Participating in girl studies within and beyond the field of music, this book unites scholarly perspectives from disciplines such as musicology, ethnomusicology, comparative literature, women’s and gender studies, media studies, and education to investigate the importance of girls’ voices in popular music, and to help unravel the complexities bound up in music and girlhood in the contemporary contexts of North America and the United Kingdom.

Another Planet

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Another Planet

Another Planet

A Teenager in Suburbia

  • Author: Tracey Thorn
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • ISBN: 178689257X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 224
  • View: 1367
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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE 'Tender, wise and funny' Sunday Express 'Beautifully observed, deadly funny' Max Porter Before becoming an acclaimed musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living. Returning to the scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters, the pub car parks and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children and the children who wanted none of it. With great wit and insight, Thorn reconsiders the Green Belt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and yet so many artists have come from.

Theatre Record

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Theatre Record

Theatre Record

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Theater
  • Page: N.A
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Fodor's Europe

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Fodor's Europe

Fodor's Europe

  • Author: Eugene Fodor
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Europe
  • Page: N.A
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Fodor's Europe, 1984

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Fodor's Europe, 1984

Fodor's Europe, 1984

  • Author: Fodor's
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications
  • ISBN: 9780679010012
  • Category: Europe
  • Page: 864
  • View: 7018
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The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock

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The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock

The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock

The All-new Fifth Edition of The Trouser Press Record Guide

  • Author: Ira A. Robbins
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • ISBN: 9780684814377
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 846
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Provides coverage of 8,500 records released since 1990 from 2,300 artists, including critical analysis

Punch

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Punch

Punch

  • Author: Mark Lemon,Henry Mayhew,Tom Taylor,Shirley Brooks,Francis Cowley Burnand,Owen Seaman
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: English wit and humor
  • Page: N.A
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Punch

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Punch

Punch

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: English wit and humor
  • Page: N.A
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