Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time

Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time

Courtney E. Smith / May 29, 2020

Record Collecting for Girls Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd One Album at a Time Record Collecting for Girls is an invitation for all of you stereophiles who happen to be female to make your own top five lists and then armed and ready with the book s fun facts to argue their

  • Title: Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time
  • Author: Courtney E. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780547502236
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Record Collecting for Girls is an invitation for all of you stereophiles who happen to be female , to make your own top five lists, and then, armed and ready with the book s fun facts, to argue their merits to the ever present boys club of music snobs in your life Sarahbeth Purcell, author of Love Is the Drug and This Is Not a Love Song You never leave home without y Record Collecting for Girls is an invitation for all of you stereophiles who happen to be female , to make your own top five lists, and then, armed and ready with the book s fun facts, to argue their merits to the ever present boys club of music snobs in your life Sarahbeth Purcell, author of Love Is the Drug and This Is Not a Love Song You never leave home without your iPod You re always on the lookout for new bands, and you have strong opinions when it comes to music debates, like Beatles vs Stones For years, you ve listened to guys talk about all things music, but the female perspective has been missing Until now Drawing on her personal life as a music enthusiast, as well as her experience working at MTV and in radio, Courtney E Smith explores what music can tell women about themselves and the men in their lives She takes on a range of topics, from the romantic soundtracks of Romeo and Juliet to the evolution of girl bands She shares stories from her own life that shed light on the phenomenon of guilty pleasures and the incredible power of an Our Song Along the way, she evaluates the essential role that music plays as we navigate life s glorious victories and its soul crushing defeats Finally, here is a voice that speaks to women because girls get their hearts broken and make mix tapes about it, too Courtney Smith has smarts and sass in spades Her insights are as hilarious as they are thoughtful, and when you finish reading this book, you ll feel like you just got home from a perfect night out with your best friend And you ll want to listen to Prince At full volume Megan Jasper, Executive Vice President, Sub Pop Records

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    About "Courtney E. Smith"

      • Courtney E. Smith

        Courtney Smith has than a decade of experience working in the music industry She left MTV after spending 8 years as a music programmer and manager of label relations, where she was one of the executives who decided which videos went into rotation on all of MTV s 20 music platforms, including programming MTV2 Subterranean the only nationally broadcast indie rock video show and mtvU a 24 hour college music channel and created launch programs for emerging artists like mtvU s Woodie Awards She has played an important role in deciding what music entered the pop cannon for the last decade.Smith specialized in grooming upcoming bands and was an early champion of, and has worked closely with, Death Cab for Cutie, the Shins, Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Lykke Li, Bat for Lashes, and She is credited with getting MTV to expose and add to their rotation adventurous music from bands like No Age, Klaxons, Justice, and She Him In addition to programming MTV2 Subterranean, she was executive editor and author of the Subterranean blog for three years, from its inception.The author has spoken as a music authority on panels at the New York CMJ festival, the by Larm Music Festival in Norway, and on a Twilight Convention on a panel about the music of the Twilight saga to keep it real CORD COLLECTING FOR GIRLS is her first book.


    1. Since Miss Smith is so keen on lists, here's one for ya! Top ten reasons why this book sucks:10. The writing is insipid.9. There is an entire chapter devoted to "groupies" vs. "wives" with a subsection entitled "bros before hos" (I'm not making this up)8. There is a chapter exploring the ever important "our song" phenomenon, complete with an "our song" playlist containing such gems as U2's "All I Want is You", Phil Collins' "Against All Odds" and Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven." I might vomit r [...]

    2. Boy did I hate this book. I think it is trying to be a "Love is a Mixtape" for girls, but it doesn't succeed. She imparts univerality into the story, and since I don't care about here, it just gets more annoying as you go. Here are some examples:1. Her Top 5 artists are Elvis Costello (fine), REM(fine) Sleater-Kinney (hi, 90s Indie rocker) Stevie Nicks, (fine) and Fiona Apple (enough said.)2. Chapter 2 : Where have all the girl bands gone - focuses largely on The GoGos and the Bangles and then j [...]

    3. This book, more than anything, made me realize that I will first and foremost always be a book nerd, and my music nerddom will forever live in the backseat. I can spend hours thinking about the four books that I am typically in the middle of at any given time. I have a bookshelf that’s probably at about 200% of its recommended capacity. I have a cat named after a literary character. That bag of books in the corner? I have no idea when I got those or what they are. Unfortunately, my musical ner [...]

    4. The title makes it sound like this book is a music guide for girls. It is not. It reads more like a memoir about her history with music as well as some general music history thrown in. There were two parts of the book that I thought were very clever. One is that she has a playlist at the end of each chapter with all the the groups and songs she mentions in the chapter. That was a neat idea. The last chapter had this really great Choose Your Own Adventure style of how to find music that is simila [...]

    5. This was a joke-gift from my guitar-collecting, cymbal-smashing, Pitchfork-reading, vinyl-shopping, tinnitus-suffering boyfriend, who probably thought that I, faux-insulted and too busy swooning around the kitchen to “Brigadoon,” would laugh, toss it up on the bookshelf and never look at it again. But I did! I read it! I hoped a book like this would go for the nuts, honestly. Over the course of my life, I’ve spent a lot of time explaining (or defending) myself both as a fan of music and sp [...]

    6. I got instantly excited when I saw that my library had this book and was the first on the list to read it. I completely agree that women's voices are missing from music writing and her attempt to try to fill that void is admirable. It starts out pretty promising but falls so short of what I had hoped it would be. Smith starts out by listing her credentials. She works for MTV. Kind of lame. But, she has helped launched several really good indie bands like The Shins, M.I.A etc. This leads into the [...]

    7. There's a great book waiting to be written on this topic, but this isn't it. Instead of the truly insightful examination of gender roles in pop fandom you're probably hoping for, this reads like a patronizing primer for people who have never listened to music -- it assumes you know nothing about anything, which strikes me as a pretty poor supposition for a book reacting against the marginalization of it's target audience, and continually passes off unqualified opinion as fact. The longer I read [...]

    8. A better title for this book would be "Record Collecting for Girls who define themselves by the Men." If the author isn't trying to hang with the boys and play their music snob games then she is relying on her step-father's influences. For a self-proclaimed 'taste maker' she doesn't seem like a music fan. Dismissing R.E.M.'s early albums as the same record struck me as weird. This is a personal bias, but I hate the assignation of a "guilty pleasure" song. If a song does it for you, own it. Music [...]

    9. I liked the premise of this book--a sort of How To on record collecting, specifically aimed at girls--but the approach was somewhat problematic and off-putting. The overall attitude of the author is what I find most off-putting. While she admits to being a "music snob", her levels of snobbery borderline condescending. I also found that she contradicted herself quite a few times, such as how she proclaims that no true music fan would EVER purchase an artist's "Best Of" album, even if the artist i [...]

    10. H. and I read when we eat dinner. We spend all our time together, so the whole catching-up-at-dinner bondy thing is not that pressing. Tonight I started "Record Collecting For Girls" by Courtney E. Smith and she asked, "Why would you want to read a book about that?""Well," I said, "back in the day --""You used to collect records?""No. Don't interrupt and let me splain. Back when your Mom was 16 or 17, one of the ways you would show a guy you liked him, or your friend that you cared about them, y [...]

    11. Years ago I loved music, bought LPs and music mags, stayed up late and listened to UK radio, and showing my age watched late night Radio with Pictures on NZ tv. Then collected cassettes and loved my walkman, then CDs came along, with my CD walkman which was a pain in the butt, I hated having to lug all those CDs around. So entered the ipod, which meant all the songs in the CD stacks are at your fingertips. Somehow though I lost my love for music reviews, as they all seemed to be written by perpe [...]

    12. I really enjoyed Courtney Smith's book about how music has shaped her life and what it says about you. At times the book reads like High Fidelity from a female perspective. I laughed a lot as she details what a potential boyfriend's musical tastes says about him (I now know better to date anyone who loves The Smiths too much) and how musical soundtracks determine our lives. A lot of her musical preferences were similar to mine, and anyone who can write in-depth about the Romeo + Juliet soundtrac [...]

    13. A few things Steven Morrissey is spelled "Stephen" and the Radiohead song she cites most, "15 Step" is written "15 Steps". These errors in editing pale in comparison to the actual content of this book, which I think might be marketed to 12 year olds. Your credibility as a girl record collector is pretty much null and void when your sole reason for collecting music is to get boys. From crush to pretty frequent breakup, this seems to be the range of your "expertise".

    14. 3/7 Before kids, I was a total and complete music nerd. So when I found two glaring errors in the first thirty pages of this book, I was a little peeved. (it's Berry, NOT Barry Gordy, and Donovan's song is called "Jennifer Juniper" NOT "Jennifer Jupiter") Did anyone fact check this? GrrrAbout halfway through and found one case of omitted words, and a few consistency errors. Hmm3/8I'm about 3/4 through this. I don't want to come across as hating the author because she has/had a job that - again, [...]

    15. Frankly, this book is not for girls. The hidden print in the title of this book is probably something like: Record Collecting for the Female Music Snob. And I know that's a bit harsh, but I really don't think that this book is accessible enough for anyone to read it and really glean something for it. Courtney E. Smith references a ton of music that I've never heard of. And the thing is that I can't even get a clear idea of what it sounds like - looking up all the songs mentioned just keep me fro [...]

    16. This is an interesting book that betrays an intellect superior to the author's voice and occasionally suffers from an identity crisis of sorts. Most of the third-person reporting is informative and engaging, even, or perhaps especially, if a reader knows nothing about the history of girl bands or girlfriends of boy bands. Most of the first-person storytelling merits praise for its sincerity. And the final chapter - as an ode to the twistaplot - is novel indeed.Trouble is, the three approaches do [...]

    17. I'll admit there is the possibility that the problems I had with this book were due to the fact that the book was not supposed to be for me, and I should have known that from the title. But I don't think that's the case. To me, the title of the book makes it sound like there will be a focus on music, and that's not the case, or at best it's only the case sporadically. She starts out well enough with a chapter on building a top 5 artists list. The tone is lighthearted and witty, and it seems like [...]

    18. I love music. I love getting turned on to new music. Even books I've read books about music that I haven't particularly liked, they've always helped me to discover bands or songs I'd never heard of before. I don't really consider myself a music "snob," however. Actually, a lot of the "snob" music she referred to here turned out to be stuff that I didn't particularly care for. I guess I'm a bit mainstream, haha. (not really)I like this concept - a book about cool music written by a woman. The rec [...]

    19. Okay, so I saw this book sitting on the featured new releases shelf on the library and the cover and the title made me and the person I was with make a face. Not a happy face, the kind of face that I make when I see a pink "for girls" toolkit or a set of pink Legos. But I thought I'd give it a try and see what the author had to say, I mean titles and covers are often not chosen by the authors so maybe I'd be pleasantly surprised. Yeah This book was very disappointing and very much centered on mu [...]

    20. Though the author and I clearly differ in generation and on the feminist agenda of one's music collection, I applaud her love of Elvis Costello and her virtual cojones at challenging the boys' music knowledge via the ever-present cool-a-thon of musicspeak. I was once nearly proposed to at a party by a fellow Pete Townshend fan who had never run into a PDBT enthusiast with actual girlparts. Seriously. He presented me his draft card and passed out on a chair. All my teen through adult life, I have [...]

    21. I had the highest hopes for Courtney E. Smith's Record Collecting for Girls. With chapters on bands like The Smiths and about college music in the 1990s, I thought I would find a lot of my own experience as a music fan mirrored by the writer's. I was wrong. Unfortunately, Smith's two goals in writing about her life as a music fan were 1) to share that she knew all about the coolest bands first; and 2) to imply that she was unique because she was the only female she knew who had true appreciation [...]

    22. I have mixed feelings about this book. Smith has some funny and smart things to say about music, relationships, and the connections between the two. However, certain aspects of the book really rubbed me the wrong way. Towards the beginning, some offhand lines about Star Wars "fanboys"/"dorks" made me feel defensive. In a book focused on the gender equality of music geeks, why be disdainful towards non-musical geekery? Overall, the book felt, to me, like a series of skimmable observations and hal [...]

    23. This is a well-written, witty book that weaves the stories of music over the last fifty years (focusing on the semi-indie scene of someone in their 30's) with the author's stories from the music biz (working for MTV) as well as the business of men (dealing with their music nerdiness as well as romantic disasters). I really enjoyed reading this book - I learned fun new things and also found myself laughing out loud at many points. Plus, I have many new "musical k-holes" (read the last chapter for [...]

    24. I picked up this book at first because I read the back of the book and fell in love. I turned to my mom and said, "This woman is narrating my life." After reading the book, the title kind of is misleading. It is mostly a book about music and relationships, and the author's experience's with men and the music she listens to (with a bit of music history). Although I was not looking for a relationship guide type book, I really enjoyed it. I loved her sense of humour and the playlists she put at the [...]

    25. Disappointing, drivel that did not resonate. Even my 12 yr old self would have given this the kiss-off. Breakup songs, chapters on The Smiths, Madonna, Go-Gos, the Bangles, Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. Girlie to the extreme and ultimately that served to turn this in to the stereotype she was trying to avoid. I'm all for power and success to female artists of all genres, but seriously just because I'm a girl doesn't mean I have to listen to the girl artists marketed to me! And to blatantly state [...]

    26. Apesar de ser um tema que adoro, achei a escrita muito simples e a frequente recorrência a High Fidelity banal, não abonando muito a favor da escritora Qualquer musicodependente menciona a obra de Nick Hornby e os seus TOP FIVE.A surpresa deste livro foi, para mim, a menção à banda sonora de Twilight Não sendo fã do tipo de livros/filmes dei por mim a reconhecer todas as músicas mencionadasSobre as duas grandes questões, de qual será a próxima Madonna e de onde está uma Girls band qu [...]

    27. I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. I should have put it down when the author claimed 2 of her top 5 artists are Stevie Nicks and REM. Yikes. She seemed very childish and really liked to name drop and whine about all her failed relationships. I think I was supposed to consider her cool because she worked at MTV? Quite the opposite, mam. It also bothered me to no end that she used the term "sad bastard" music, which is clearly stolen from High Fidelity. She redeemed herself a [...]

    28. This is a fun book for people who love pop music and the hipster music snob subculture that it has spawned. I got a kick out out Courtney's extreme opinions, her chronic troubles with men, and her classic music nerd attitude, but I can see why her book isn't for everyone -- and judging from the other reviews, Record Collecting for Girls rubbed a lot of readers the wrong way. Don't let the title fool you. The book won't help you with your record collection, as it's a handful of personal essays wi [...]

    29. NOT a guide for collecting records, more of a women's real-life High Fidelity. Smith was a music programmer of sorts for MTV during the early parts of the decade and is, ye verily, a major music geek. She talks about it in a series of short essays on the subjects of dating, identifying the Next Madonna, and creating one's Top Five list. Smith and I appear to be the same age, have the same musical background, and listen to many of the same bands - at least on a high level. To say I over identifie [...]

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