Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City: A True Story of Faking It in Hair Metal L.A.

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Chicago Review Press, Aug 30, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 242 pages
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This hilarious peek into the early years of the hair-band era reveals the hierarchy of fishnets, bustiers, and chicks with the Holy Grail--a backstage pass. After college, Anne Thomas Soffee journeyed to Los Angeles to start a career as a rock journalist and small-time heavy-metal flack. A taste for other people’s prescriptions and too much beer edges her freelance journalism work right off her schedule. She struggles with not being thin enough, pretty enough, or cool enough when, in the midst of the L.A. riots, Soffee is offered a coveted slot in Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA writing program. Determined to pull herself out of current habits, Soffee starts turning her life around, making a stop at rehab before she heads off to graduate school. Her quarter-life crisis is packed with offbeat characters that prove that fact is often funnier than fiction.
 

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I loved this book. I recently bought it because I just got into hair metal alot and I love it. Other reviews say its funny and it is funny. Not the whole through but she has alot of moments that are really funny. Read full review

Contents

Hipster Backlash and Metal Without Irony
1
KingSized Beds and the King Himself on the Road to LA
19
Sorry Kid We Dont Speak Irony
45
Day Jobs and Night Moves on Hollywood and Vine
65
Where Everybody Knows Your Name Except for the Girl in the Leather Bra
101
Getting Punkd Ten Years Before Ashton Kutcher
123
Gabba Gabba We Accept You We Accept You One of Us
147
The Smell of Hairspray Gives Way to Teen Spirit
177
LA Throws Me the Least Festive Farewell Party Imaginable
205
What the World Needs Now Is Olallaberry Pie
233
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About the author (2006)

Anne Thomas Soffee is the author of Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love. She has an MFA and is a semi-professional belly dancer.

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