After a few recent incidents where I was judging a book by its cover, this time I almost didn’t read this book because of the ‘rocking out’ part of its subtitle. I liked the ‘shameless’ part, but while I can definitely appreciate music and musicians, I wasn’t that amped to read a ‘how to’ guide for a rock-style life. Then, out of a touch of curiosity, I read a bit of the book and realized how far off I was. In some ways, it seems almost like a passing of the torch for some of these writers, turning around to the next generation of teens and saying “Here. This is yours now.” What ‘this’ exactly is might not always be clear, but it has a combination of feminism, inspiration, history, and potential. I wished that most of the essays were longer, which is a great complaint to have against a book. There is a bio section in the back for each of the contributors, and I have definitely been inspired to seek check out some more of their work.
Check out the Shameless website.
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