The Importance of Music to Girls is award-winning poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw's vivid and engaging portrait of what music means to us as we grow up.
If I had not kissed anyone, or danced with anyone, or had a reason to cry, the music made me feel as if I had gone through all that anyway… the music attracted and repelled, organised and disturbed and then let us into the night, clusters of emotion ready to dissolve into sleep.
In The Importance of Music to Girls, Lavinia Greenlaw tells the story of the adventures that music leads us into: getting drunk, falling in love, dying of boredom, cutting our hair, terrifying our parents, wanting to change the world. This is a vivid memoir unlike any other, recalling the furious passion of being young, female, and coming alive through music.
A warm and engrossing memoir that will also appeal to any music lover and is the more interesting for having been written from a female perspective.
We were lucky enough to have Lavinia Greenlaw open up our International Women’s Day event earlier this month with a reading from her book and whilst she was here she kindly signed some copies.