Collectively, they represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now-mythic generation known as "the 60s" - the female version - but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché.
The history of the women of that generation had never been written - until now - and it is told through the resonant lives and emblematic songs of Mitchell, Simon, and King.
Filled with the voices of dozens of these women's intimates, this alternating biography reads like a novel - except it's all true, and the heroines are famous and beloved. Sheila Weller captures the character of each woman and gives a balanced portrayal, enriched by a wealth of new information.
Girls Like Us is an epic treatment of midcentury women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them: confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul.
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"An exhilarating look at three of the most creative talents of their era....Wonderfully detailed." (The Boston Globe)
I had very little former knowledge about these three women, or any of the other artists I found out about in the book. I'm glad I chose a book tape format as opposed to the paper copy because it's very long and very slow. i would never have finished if I had to flip the pages. NOT because it was a bad book, because it was not. I had a hard time in the beginning, thinking that the mention of experiences or other characters was irrelevant, but it turned out to all come back around and put the pieces together through the middle and end. But I get very antsy. I listen to my books at 1.5x and 2x speed, if that helps you understand my antsy-ness. I like tot get tot eh point and this isn't a cut to the chase story. But it is still very much worth reading if you dig history in any way.
Listen to the music, research some of the artists further, and talk o my mom about it :) Since that was her time. This book was her upbringing.
I got really cranky at how many time the phrase "Who would be" was used. You'll see.
I enjoy audio books especially at night. I like to listen to a variety of books...the latest I listened to was Behind Closed Doors.
Susan Erickson narration takes you back as if you were growing up and going through Carly's, Carole and Joni's lives right with them. Wonderful.
Art and music reflects a culture at a particular time. The music/lyrics from these women have stood the test of time. Weller captures the time and the emotions that the lyrics describes. I have a better understanding of this period as I was a teenager/young adult during this period. An awesome "read".
This book grabs you in the first chapter and simply does not let go. And, as I was approaching the end I was actually beginning to wonder how she was going to 'wrap it up' so to speak. The books ends with a feeling much like you feel after you've had a wonderful day and you lay down on your bed at night and when your head hits the pillow, you think, 'wow, what a nice day!' Then you fall asleep and have nice dreams all night. This is a great read.
The meat and potatoes of this book is in the telling. Sheila Weller hit a home run on this one. It is great women's history. She brings the distance of a historian and the philosophical overview of someone who has deeply considered her topic. So much of this book made me feel like I was privy to a conversation with someone intimately familiar with details and intelligent enough to have considered the details and explained them without sounding like they were just regurgitating facts. What she showed here is that when you are in the middle of a revolution it is virtually impossible to see or be aware of the many different facets of the revolution. If you go back and study it, after it is over, it is possible to see the interplay between one side and another and see how two or three different and unrelated aspects interacted and helped intensify the revolutionary fire. This is what Sheila Weller did in this book. She did it with such clarity that the reader is able to see the subtle interactions between the poets and industry of a society going through change. This book gives presents a candid view into a 30 year segment of three women in American society. I am sure this book will be a corner stone of reading about the past another 30 years from now. Sheila Weller - wow - fantastic writing; fantastic overview.
Great book. At times to much detail but great research. Wonderful reader. Great listen about our social evolution the last 40 years also. I always thought of these women as my fantasy girlfriends and it was a pleasure to finally "get to know them".
I'm in too far to give up now. This book is so long--it easily could have had all the necessary info contained in a book half the size. The lead up to Carole's relationship with Rick 1 was way too long, and, "who are these guys?" I thought maybe part of a different book had mistakenly been added. Yikes.
The reader's reading of the song lyrics, Really? It would have been nice to have clips of the actual songs. And after 18 hours, the reader's voice is really getting to me.
I agree, TMI about the sexual relationships and the reports of venereal disease.
I love the music of all these woman and what I DID like was the back story to many of the songs.
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