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When I Grow up: A Memoir Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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Having gotten that out of the way, "When I Grow Up" is a refreshing snapshot of a musician whose career, by all commercial measures, has been on the decline for well over a decade. Hatfield does not present the sort of tawdry, polished trash that most memoirs by rock artists put out-- there's no ghost writer, there's no glamor. But there is something entirely different-- a lot of grit, a lot of hope and a lot of fragility.
Splitting the chapters largely between non-linear biographical reflections and a detailed account of her US tour promoting Gold Stars 1992-2002, it's largely a story of a shy and somewhat neurotic young woman thrust into a dirty, grimy world of touring rock clubs-- unclean hotels, poor sound systems and creepy fans. And as a fan of Hatfield's music, it's entirely what I'd hope it would be-- well written, engaging and brutally honest. Hatfield does not hide from herself, from her failings, weaknesses and problems, but rather presents them, not as some romanticized presentation of the perils of the rock and roll life, but rather as the everyday troubles of someone trying to live their life and get past their own frailties.
I've been trying to think, as I set out to write this review, if this is something for someone who isn't into Hatfield's music, and I think the answer is a distinct maybe.Read more ›
The book is surprisingly well-written. It's a quick read - but one you don't want to end. In the "readability" department, it's a 5-star book. Juliana is a natural and talented writer. She's very articulate and expressive as well as observant and pretty darn funny. She'd be a great music critic or columnist in a music related magazine. She also excels at social commentary - making wry observations as she travels the country on tour.
As mentioned in other reviews, the chapters alternate between her tour at the time of the writing and meaningful events in her past. It's slightly annoying at first - you'd like her to expound on how the Blake Babies picked up momentum and got signed and so forth, but instead of that the next chapter picks up on tour again. Is it really necessary to know about each club and what her memories are of the audience and the food spread from show to show? I think it was easier for her to fill the book via her journals. I wish she'd gone the autobiography route - She really leaves the reader begging for more autobiographical info. Read the chapters that go beyond the tour and you'll see what I mean. As I read through the book I found myself asking questions re: her food intake, outlook on life and business acumen. Some of these questions were answered towards the end of the book.
It's hard to comment on the book without criticizing Juliana herself.Read more ›
What redeems this book is Hatfield's spot-on look at some of her more troubling moments and thoughts. The anxiety and depression she faces are laid out starkly, plainly, in ways that could never be accused of glamorizing her profession. She gives the inside scoop on shooting the cover of popular teen magazine Sassy, both how honored she was to be featured, but the downside of fame, being made up and ultimate posing with her guitar, rather than playing it.
When she describes her anorexia, it's familiar to anyone who's suffered from an eating disorder, and Hatfield deserves kudos for her unfiltered delivery. It's clear by the end that she is not trying to impress anyone, but simply using the form of memoir as another way to communicate. It's also clear that music not only saved her, but is something she continues to feel driven to do, which makes her ambivalence about the industry, despite the many pitfalls and problems she describes, frustrating.
The book is marred, however, by way too many details about the life of a traveling musician, ones that lose impact upon repetition. Hatfield seems to find no hotel room too dirty, no rock club too scuzzy, not impending tantrum worth skipping over in favor of the narrative.Read more ›
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Formerly, I could not be classified as a "fan", though I'd been very aware of Juliana Hatfield since the late 80's, due to her affiliation with Evan Dando. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Swedish Glamster
I was a huge Juliana Hatfield fan starting in my teens when her career was the most mainstream it ever was, or would be. Read morePublished 8 days ago by James Sanford
i love Juliana and her book is a solid read. a true and genuine look inside the life of a musician.Published 1 month ago by CBFX
There are many ways to approach this book. A great behind the scenes look at the life of a touring rock and roll indie musician. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Soo
Alternating chapters of her life and being on the road I recommend the book to fans and anyone interested in music. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Clearsky311
Juliana Hatfield is a talented, determined recording artist. I particularly have enjoyed her live performances, mostly for her inventive guitar work. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steven C. Seachrist
A fascinating ready from a very private and enigmatic (not to mention brilliant) musician. I couldn't put it down upon starting!Published 22 months ago by Lounge Guy
Fans will enjoy it. I think the book could also be interesting to anyone who has toured with a band, or tried to make a living in music. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Quentin
I bought this a couple years back & never got around to reading it. My Kindle died the other day, so I picked it up & read almost the entire book last night. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by G. Ratcheson