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Fine Fine Music Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Fine Fine Music is a short-story mixtape of slow jam heartbreaks and classic rock victories. Cassie J. Sneider describes growing up on Long Island as the Land That Time Forgot, a suburban purgatory of primer-gray camaros and unfortunate hair choices, a town that seems to be frozen in 1981. The tragic malaise and reverberating boredom are fueled by bottomless cups of coffee, all-night drives, and Aerosmith's Greatest Hits. This collection is part Running With Scissors and part Hairstyles of the Damned. --Bucky Sinister, author, Get Up and Time Bomb Snooze Alarm
Cassie J. Sneider...combines the poise of a one-legged ballerina with the sophistication of a deceased Princess Grace. --Blag Dahlia, legendary vocalist for the Dwarves and author of Nina
Cassie writes hilarious, tough and sweet stories about being a girl, a rocker, a broke person, an east coaster, a feminist, a lover of pop culture, a weirdo. She delivers them in a manner so enchanting hilarious, tough and sweet that you can't tell if you want to be her best friend or if, magically, you already are. --Michelle Tea, author, Valencia and Rose of No Man's Land
About the Author
Cassie J. Sneider grew up in the murky depths of Long Island in a town with a haunted lake, a trailer park, and a record store. She got her start photocopying comics at terrible office jobs and by touring harder than Iron Maiden, but without the private jet or groupies. She is usually doing readings, walking her dog, or karaoking.
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It's like my body just gave up when it realized that I had already read the best book that I'd ever read.
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Sneider is a poet, a cartoonist and memoirist, and her book, "Fine Fine Music" is like Long Island's answer to Zoe Trope. Young, smart and opinionated. Sneider's stories wander in wonderfully detailed and often very funny ways, yet the stories are imbued with a real sweetness and sincerity. In her wide-ranging stories, we see her conspiring with her sister on Halloween, battling open mikers at a Barnes & Noble and dealing with lingering customers at the record shop she works at. I remember watching the rock documentary "DiG!" and one of the rock critics describes the Brian Jonestown Massacre by saying, "I don't know if this band is from the present, or from the past! If it's one person or thirty people! You just don't know!"And I feel the same could be said about Scheider, who seems both young yet worldly, introverted yet extroverted, focused yet spastic.
My only criticisms are -- and I know risk sounding like a geriatric writing this -- is that I wish the font was larger and the spacing more generous (I know that means you get words for your buck, but it made it trying to read more than a couple of stories at a time), and I wish that Sneider was able to go farther with the zine-like nature of the book. There are some really rad ephemera in the book (photos, diary entries, hand-written notes, etc...), and I wish there was much much more... especially, having experienced some of Sneider's indie comix, which would have made a great add! But maybe those factors can be considered for RAW ArT Press's second edition!
Still, all in all, it's youthful debut filled with a lot of snap and spark! And as a bonus, I know for a fact that the author and her Pug are on the road for much of the year, so be sure to google to see if she is coming to a town near you: she charms just as much on the stage as she does on the page!
Cassie is destined for well deserved greatness, and I am sure that she will soon be a big star. I am a fairly voracious reader, munching my way through several books per week. It has been a very long time since I read something that I thought everyone should read. Fine Fine Music is one of the funniest, most interesting, and even enlightening books that I have ever read. Far too short, but truely satisfying in so many ways!
"See you in the funny papers, Cassie!"
Also, being Cassie's age (my late 20s), all of her childhood stories rang very familiar. Especially references to ninja turtles metal tour and my buddy doll.
Anyway, pick this up. Be prepared to be blown away by how much you shall enjoy this book. Its perfect for beach reading, long car rides, or anytime you need somewhat of a pick-me-up from Cassie's world of awkward nerds who just wanna rock.
i would recommend this book to anyone who is either from long island or has any preconceived notions about what it means to hail from this magical land. her descriptions do not disappoint.
her observations and thoughts about the sheer boredom that is growing up in ronkonkoma hits close to home. i only wish this book existed when i was growing up, thinking i was weird, and taking in all the glory that is the middle of the middle.