The SVA library has added a selection of new memoirs to its collection. Writers, musicians and comedians share their personal experience and observations through this timeless form of writing. Sometimes called a “tell-all” or “auto-biography,” memoir helps an author give shape to their life through writing, while allowing an audience to experience the singular life of another person. Some recent additions to our collection include:
M Train by Patti Smith: Legendary artist Patti Smith creates a “road map” of her life in this new memoir. Travelling between New York, Mexico, Berlin, and Michigan, we follow the artist and her thoughts via notebook entries written over the course of decades. From the personal to the societal, Smith’s reflections offer a portrait of both the artist and the times in which she lives.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein: Before Carrie Brownstein created the popular TV series Portlandia, she was famous for her songwriting, singular guitar style and feminist activism in the bands Sleater-Kinney and Excuse 17. Part of a 1990s wave of female musicians that relentlessly demanded space for both themselves and other women in the music industry (and elsewhere), Brownstein recounts the years that led from the riot grrrl scene of the Pacific Northwest to being named one of Rolling Stone’s most underappreciated guitarists of all-time.
Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon: Musician, visual artist, and fashion icon, Kim Gordon is best known as a founding member of the band Sonic Youth. Concurrent to the band’s three decades of prolific touring and recording, Gordon maintained solo projects in a full-spectrum of creative mediums. Girl in a Band examines her creative life, relationship to motherhood and marriage, and the fluid nature of identity.