Girl in a Band

Girl in a Band is a rich and beautifully written memoir. Gordon takes us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s.

"She acknowledges that she’s perceived as “cold” on stage and in interviews but asserts she’s vulnerable underneath and as you read on that begins to ring true. It comes across in her descriptions of feeling awkward and out of place, her need to please the men in her life and the insights she shares on how women in the public eye still have to fit the “male gaze”:

“Female singers who push too much, too hard, don’t tend to last very long. They’re jags, bolts, comets: Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday. But being that woman who pushes the boundaries means you also bring in less desirable aspects of yourself. At the end of the day, women are expected to hold up the world, not annihilate it.”



Review by: Anne-Lie Månsson Friday, July 3, 2015