Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville.pdf
Gina Arnold is the author of Route 666: On the Road to Nirvana and Kiss This: Punk in the Present Tense (both St. Martins Press). She has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, and the Village Voice. Currently, she is finishing up her PhD at Stanford University.
Introduction: Written in my Seoul Chapter 1: Guvyille as Ghostworld Chapter 2: Sonic Pleasure and Narrative rock criticism Chapter 3: My Mixed Feelings Chapter 4: Exile State of Mind Works Cited
This is a passionate re-assessment of one of the most original, groundbreaking, and controversial albums of the 1990s. Although "Exile in Guyville" was grudgingly celebrated as one of the year's top records by "Spin" and the "New York Times", it was also some people's idea of an abomination: a mockery of the Rolling Stones' most revered record and a rare glimpse into the psyche of a shrewd, independent, strong young woman. For these crimes, Phair was quite literally run out of her home town of Chicago, enduring a flame war by writers who accused her of being boring, inauthentic and a poor musician. With "Exile in Guyville", Phair spoke for all the girls who loved indie rock but felt deeply unwelcome there. Like all great works of musical art, Exile was a harbinger of the shape of things to come: Phair may have undermined the male ago, but she also unleashed a new female one. For the sake of all the women artists who have benefited from her work - on behalf of Sleater Kinney, MIA and Miley Cyrus - it's high time we go back to Guyville. "33 1/3" is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 60 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike. It was only a matter of time before a clever publisher realized that there is an audience for whom "Exile on Main Street" or "Electric Ladyland" are as significant and worthy of study as "The Catcher in the Rye" or "Middlemarch...The" series, which now comprises 29 titles with more in the works, is freewheeling and eclectic, ranging from minute rock-geek analysis to idiosyncratic personal celebration - "The New York Times Book Review", 2006. This is a brilliant series...each one a word of real love - NME (UK). For more information on the series and on individual titles in the series, check out our blog.