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Petal pusher : a rock and roll Cinderella story
Laurie Lindeen
Adult Nonfiction ML420.L593 A3 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Sharp and sensitive, stoned silly and serious, all in the right places, Lindeen's account of her life as guitarist and songwriter for Zuzu's Petals is a love song (played really fast) for the postpunk or Amer-indie scene of mid-1980s Minneapolis, when bands like the Replacements and Soul Asylum had yet to move from cult heroes to major-label artists. It was also the time when Lindeen, a music-loving, four-time college dropout with multiple sclerosis, could guilelessly decide to "start a band and make that exciting life of song and guitar feedback, travel and intrigue, carousing and cavorting our own." What Lindeen finds at first is fulfillment and self-confidence on stage, and at the end a hard cycle of "drive, eat, go to a bar for sound check, hang out, play" that leads to her breaking up the band. In between, along with some touching scenes from her youth, Lindeen skillfully details great and not-so-great gigs, horrible hotels, wonderful (if weird) fans, boyfriends and all sorts of strange events and locations ("The walls are covered with black Astroturf"). After paying her dues, Lindeen finds love and marriage in ex-Replacements leader Paul Westerberg, which brings it all back home for her--and her readers--in what is a truly wonderful book about life in rock music. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Lindeen-married to Paul Westerberg, best known as the lead singer/songwriter of the Replacements-resists writing a guide to getting the ring from a certifiable indie rock god. True, her account of her own overpowering desire to start a rock band-Zuzu's Petals-at the expense of education, friendships, family, and personal health verges on fervid fan memoir, but fortunately Lindeen isn't so predictable. Rock music is simply the soundtrack, her famous friends (e.g., Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum, super producer Butch Vig) merely players in an inspiring tale of how a strong but self-conscious woman overcame debilitating multiple sclerosis and subpar musical ability not only to sustain a respectable musical career but also to find the love of her life. Writing of more than power chords and make-out sessions, Lindeen invites us into her head to relive the angst of her parent's divorce and an abortion. Despite an odd ending, this book is recommended primarily for female readers who can identify with Lindeen's experience.-Robert Morast, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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