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Girl to City by Amy Rigby

Girl to City is a recently published memoir of singer-songwriter Amy Rigby. I discovered the existence of this book more or less by accident. One day when I was surfing the YouTube, I got stuck on watching performances by Amy Rigby, including several with Wreckless Eric. Somewhere in among those videos was one promoting her new book.

I’m not exactly sure why, but I knew right away I wanted to read it. My exposure to Amy Rigby’s music has been fairly recent, within the last year or so. Her songwriting is very compelling and her somewhat raw performance approach disarming. I ordered up the book online. It arrived very quickly and I gobbled it up just about as fast.

Much of the book is set in NYC in the 70s and 80s. Art school. Clubs. Learning to play music along the way. An array of fascinating characters. Struggling to find some glimmer of success in a difficult and fickle business.

Girl to City is beautifully written, and Rigby’s pacing is great – I couldn’t put this book down, and I felt as if I was right there as she told her story. Perhaps I was drawn to this memoir because I’m about the same age as Amy Rigby, I’m a music lover, and I also went to art school – only here in Toronto rather than in NY. I stuck with it because it’s an excellent book.

Twenty Seventh Street recommended.

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