Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be

Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be : A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale

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It was 1994: post-Liz Phair, mid-Courtney Love, just shy of Alanis Morissette. After seven years of slogging it out in the Boston music scene, Jen Trynin took a hard look at herself and gave "making it" one last shot. It worked. Suddenly Trynin became the spark that set off one of the most heated bidding wars of the year. Major labels vied for her, to the tune of millions of dollars in deals. Lawyers, managers, and booking agents clamored for her attention. Billboard put her on the cover. Everyone knew she was the Next Big Thing. But then she wasn't. In a series of dizzying, hilarious, heartbreaking snap-shots, Trynin captures what it's like to be catapulted to the edge of rock stardom, only to plummet back down to earth. Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be is the story of a girl who got what she wished for--and lived happily ever after anyway.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 134.6 x 200.7 x 25.4mm | 317.52g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156032961
  • 9780156032964
  • 2,166,463

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"With plenty to say and ample musical gifts with which to say it, Boston newcomer Jennifer Trynin is poised to join the upper ranks of GenX alternative rock queendom . . . One of the year's best debuts. A revelation."--Billboard
It was 1994--post-Liz Phair, mid-Courtney Love, just shy of Alanis Morissette. After seven years of slogging it out in the Boston music scene, Jen Trynin took a hard look at herself and gave "making it" one last shot.
It worked. Trynin sparked one of the most heated bidding wars of the year. Major labels vied for her, to the tune of multiple millions of dollars in deals. Lawyers, managers, and booking agents clamored for her attention. Rolling Stone photographed her, Billboard put her on the cover. Everyone knew she was the Next Big Thing. And then, just as suddenly, she wasn't.
In a series of dizzying, hilarious, heartbreaking snapshots, Trynin captures what it's like to be catapulted to the edge of stardom, only to plummet back down to earth. Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be is the story of a girl who got what she wished for--and lived happily ever after anyway.
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Back cover copy

An Entertainment Weekly Editor's Choice
A People Great Read
"An edgy, honest and bittersweet account . . . without a drop of self-pity." Los Angeles Times
"Much more than a memoir . . . a wonderfully well-written, funny book that stands alone as a story of letting your failures become what make you a success." Bust magazine

It was 1994: post Liz Phair, mid Courtney Love, just shy of Alanis Morissette. After seven years of slogging it out in the Boston music scene, Jen Trynin gave "making it" one last shot. It worked. Major labels offered millions of dollars in deals. Billboard put her on the cover. Everyone knew she was the Next Big Thing. But then she wasn t. Catapulted to the edge of rock stardom Trynin plummeted back down to earth. Everything I m Cracked Up to Be is the story of a girl who got what she wished for and lived happily ever after anyway.
"Hilarious . . . expertly observed . . . At once bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, it captures the music biz at its most surreal." HITS
"I ve read enough biz books to be certain this is one of the best . . . Read it quick." Robert Christgau, The Village Voice
Jen Trynin lives in Boston with her husband and daughter. This is her first book. She still rocks, when she feels like it. For more: www.JenTrynin.com.
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Review quote

"Trynin's terse, hilarious, you-are-there prose is as strong as her songwriting was, and this will remain an excellent primer for any rockers considering signing with a major label...for however many months said labels continue to exist."
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