I Live Inside

I Live Inside

Memoirs of A Babe in Toyland

Paperback - 2016
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Babes in Toyland burst onto the Minneapolis music scene in the late 1980s and quickly established itself at the forefront of punk/alternative rock. The all-female trio featured a shy, seventeen-year-old Jewish teen from the suburbs on bass guitar--an instrument she had never played before joining the band.

Over the next few years, Michelle Leon lived the rock-and-roll lifestyle--playing live concerts, recording in studios, touring across the United States and Europe, and spending endless hours in stuffy vans, staying in two-star motels, and sleeping on strangers' couches in town after town. The grind and drama of life in the band gradually wore on Leon, however, and a heartbreaking tragedy led her to rethink her commitment to the band and the music scene.

Leon's sensitive, sensory prose puts readers right on stage with Babes in Toyland while also conveying the uncertainty, vulnerability, and courage needed by a girl who never felt like she fit in to somehow find her place in the world.
Publisher: Saint Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780873519984
Branch Call Number: ML419.L427 L46 2016
Characteristics: 215 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Oct 02, 2016

Really impressive memoir. You are not going to get a blow by blow history of Ms. Leon's time in the band. Instead, you get to feel what it is like to be a young woman in a band, lonely and longing for more in life, shattering the illusion that being in a band is always glamorous. This was much more interesting than Kim Gordon's recent memoir, Girl in a Band. I could not even get through that (boring) book. Ms. Leon writes about Ms. Gordon, how she was intimidated by her rock-babe status. I'm happy for this underdog -- she wrote a much more interesting memoir. This was very refreshing -- a portrait of a young adult from a somewhat well-to-do family who tried new things, got jobs to get by, had roommates, ate cheap food, and didn't have her parents helicoptering all over her. Kids, you're not as fragile as you think.


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