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“Record Collecting for Girls
is an invitation for all of you stereophiles (who happen to be female), to make your own top-five lists, and then, armed and ready with the books fun facts, to argue their merits to the ever-present boys club of music snobs in your life.” —Sarahbeth Purcell, author of Love Is the Drug
and This Is Not a Love Song
You never leave home without your iPod. Youre always on the lookout for new bands, and you have strong opinions when it comes to music debates, like Beatles vs. Stones. For years, youve listened to guys talk about all things music, but the female perspective has been missing. Until now.
Drawing on her personal life as a music enthusiast, as well as her experience working at MTV and in radio, Courtney E. Smith explores what music can tell women about themselves—and the men in their lives. She takes on a range of topics, from the romantic soundtracks of Romeo and Juliet to the evolution of girl bands. She shares stories from her own life that shed light on the phenomenon of guilty pleasures and the incredible power of an Our Song. Along the way, she evaluates the essential role that music plays as we navigate lifes glorious victories and its soul-crushing defeats. Finally, here is a voice that speaks to women—because girls get their hearts broken and make mix tapes about it, too.
“Courtney Smith has smarts and sass in spades. Her insights are as hilarious as they are thoughtful, and when you finish reading this book, youll feel like you just got home from a perfect night out with your best friend. And youll want to listen to Prince. At full volume.” —Megan Jasper, Executive Vice President, Sub Pop Records
"There are few ways to get to know someone quicker than scrolling through that person's iPod. But whatever you do, former MTV programmer Smith cautions in this insightful and hilarious take on the modern state of music, never date a guy who likes the Smiths too much. Smith easily blends her own musical coming-of-age narrative with rock history especially women's place in it interspersed with playlists and brief 'interlude' chapters, such as 'Music Blogs Are Just Dadaist Conversation' and 'Give It to Me for Free.' Working at MTV for the first decade of the new millennium, Smith heavily influenced what music ended up on a generation's iPod, from Death Cab for Cutie to the Shins, and she explores her own roots with lists ranging from top five artists right now (with strict rules for admittance) to guilty pleasures ('in my world it's not okay to like the Black Eyed Peas') and best breakup songs cued to the five stages of grief (is it time for angry Fiona Apple or the melancholy Cure?). As the music industry changes with the digital age, so does the concept of 'record' collecting, argues Smith, who grapples with whether to keep her nostalgia-laden physical CDs or transfer everything to hard drives. This is a book for anyone whose day has a soundtrack and for whom music reigns supreme. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
You never leave home without your iPod. You have a real relationship with your music, and your life unfolds to the soundtrack of your tunes on shuffle. But where do you turn when you’re looking for new—not always recent—tracks to add to your collection? Or for the female perspective on classic music debates, like Beatles vs. Stones? And who is going to tell you what you can learn from your crush’s music collection? (If he’s an overzealous Smith’s fan, send him packing.) For years, you’ve been listening to men talk about music, but the woman’s side of the story has been missing. Until now.
In Record Collecting for Girls Courtney Smith takes the mic and explores what music can tell women about men, and more importantly, about themselves. She riffs on a range of topics from Our songs and Your songs to the evolution of girl bands. She provides playlists for occasions that necessitate a finely crafted mix – like making out or breaking up – and gives readers tips for curating a real record collection. Finally, here is a voice that speaks women—because girls get their hearts broken and make mix tapes about it, too.
Former MTV music programmer and MTV blogger Courtney E. Smith delivers a humorous and edgy look at the world of music from the female perspective.
About the Author
Courtney Smith has more than a decade of experience working in the music industry. She recently left MTV after spending 8 years as a music programmer and manager of label relations, where she was one of the executives who decided which videos went into rotation on all of MTV's 20 music platforms. She specialized in grooming upcoming bands and has worked closely with Death Cab for Cutie, the Shins, and Vampire Weekend, among others.