Paradoxical Undressing

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Atlantic Books, Jan 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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Kristin Hersh was a preternaturally bright teenager, starting university at fifteen and with her band, Throwing Muses, playing rock clubs she was too young to frequent. By the age of seventeen she was living in her car, unable to sleep for the torment of strange songs swimming around her head - the songs for which she is now known. But just as her band was taking off, Hersh was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.

Paradoxical Undressing chronicles the unraveling of a young woman's personality, culminating in a suicide attempt; and then her arduous yet inspiring recovery, her unplanned pregnancy at the age of 19, and the birth of her first son. Playful, vivid, and wonderfully warm, this is a visceral and brave memoir by a truly original performer, told in a truly original voice.

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User Review  - Michael.Pope - LibraryThing

I discovered Throwing Muses in college, just a couple of years after the events of this book. This is a fascinating look at the life of lead singer Kristin Hersh, during the year her band was starting ... Read full review

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User Review  - stixnstones004 - LibraryThing

I'll start by being honest: I picked up this book as a filler, fully expecting to read it once and never think about it again. It was an Early Reviewer book that I've bee neglecting reviewing for ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Kristin Hersh is an American songwriter and guitarist. She founded the seminal art-punk band Throwing Muses at age fourteen and is widely recognized as an indie rock pioneer. She is a mother of four, and lives in New Orleans.