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Tori Amos' Boys for Pele ➹ [Download] ➵ Tori Amos' Boys for Pele By Amy Gentry ➼ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk It s hard to think of a solo female recording artist who has been as revered or as reviled over the course of her career as Tori Amos Amy Gentry argues that these violent aesthetic responses to Amos s Boys for eBook ✓ It s hard to think of a solo female recording artist who has been as revered or as reviled over the course of her career as Tori Amos Amy Gentry argues that Tori Amos' PDF \ these violent aesthetic responses to Amos s performance, both positive and negative, are organized around disgust the disgust that women are taught to feel, not only for their own bodies, but for their Amos' Boys for PDF/EPUB å taste in music Released in , Amos s third album, Boys for Pele, represents the height of Amos s willingness to explore the ugly qualities that make all of her music, even her conventionally beautiful albums, so uncomfortably, and so wonderfully, strange Using a blend of memoir, criticism, and aesthetic theory, Gentry argues that the aesthetics of disgust are useful for thinking in a broader way about women s experience of all art forms.

    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format not only for their own bodies, but for their Amos' Boys for PDF/EPUB å taste in music Released in , Amos s third album, Boys for Pele, represents the height of Amos s willingness to explore the ugly qualities that make all of her music, even her conventionally beautiful albums, so uncomfortably, and so wonderfully, strange Using a blend of memoir, criticism, and aesthetic theory, Gentry argues that the aesthetics of disgust are useful for thinking in a broader way about women s experience of all art forms."/>
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About the Author: Amy Gentry

Boys for eBook ✓ Amy Gentry is the bestselling author of two novels of suspense, GOOD AS GONE , Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and LAST WOMAN STANDING , Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , as well as TORI AMOS Tori Amos' PDF \ S BOYS FOR PELE, a book of music criticism in the series Her writing and criticism has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Austin Chronicle, Paris Review, Salon, LA Review of Amos' Boys for PDF/EPUB å Books, and the Best Food Writing of She lives in Austin, Texas.



10 thoughts on “Tori Amos' Boys for Pele

  1. Schizanthus Nerd Schizanthus Nerd says:

    Although I was really looking forward to reading about Tori s Boys for Pele I ve been sort of obsessed for 24 years with all things Tori I found myself glazing over whenever the discussion moved into a discourse about the nature of disgust or how the concept of taste can be, I don t know, something about Kant and aesthetic philosophy I blame myself I saw Tori on the cover and neglected to read the blurb where it warned me that this book was a blend of memoir, criticism, and aesthetic theory Although I was really looking forward to reading about Tori s Boys for Pele I ve been sort of obsessed for 24 years with all things Tori I found myself glazing over whenever the discussion moved into a discourse about the nature of disgust or how the concept of taste can be, I don t know, something about Kant and aesthetic philosophy I blame myself I saw Tori on the cover and neglected to read the blurb where it warned me that this book was a blend of memoir, criticism, and aesthetic theory.Sure, I understood where the author was coming from when she explored disgust the image of Tori suckling a piglet in the album artwork did elicit a WTF response from me when I first saw it in 1996 Perhaps you need to be smarter than I am to fully appreciate the connections between Tori s music and the philosophical and sociological treatises mentioned in this book but it came across to me as kinda pretentious sorry In the end, Bourdieu s sociological lens merely neglects what Kant purposely excludes the body s role in aesthetic experience I know a lot of people call Tori pretentious as well but I just wanted to hear about her songs I already knew the early Tori biography and had read a lot of the articles referenced I also didn t want to keep hearing about Wilson s book about C line Dion I ve got nothing against C line I quite enjoyed her Deadpool 2 music video but I was here to read about Tori.While it wasn t what I was hoping for this book is definitely thoroughly researched and well written, and I expect a lot of Toriphiles will love it The sections that actually deconstructed Tori s songs were interesting and I did learn some new to me meanings behind lyrics and background information about the media s portrayal of her There were several passages I had to highlight including Process and product are never far apart in Amos s music, which is, I suspect, one reason why her answers to questions about what the songs mean can often sound like additional lyrics rather than explanations For Amos, it seems, to sing and play is to think through a complicated problem out loud, and that thinking is never really finished Neither is the song neither, perhaps, is the woman I was very disappointed that, in a book about a specific album, some of its songs were barely mentioned, including some of my favourites In particular, Putting the Damage On is mentioned in passing twice and Talula is only mentioned once Songs that aren t even on this album were givenair time.This series has been on my radar for a number of years and I expected that after reading about Pele I d be bingeing the rest but it turns out they re not for me and I m really bummed about that I usually have to buy any book written by or about Tori so this is a first for me Word of the Book Abject Abject and abjection are used a combined 47 times, although it felt closer to 100.Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Academic for the opportunity to read this book

  2. Tanya Tanya says:

    33 is an on going series of non fiction books with each volume centered around a single music album If you ve been in the Tori Amos fandom long enough, you ll know that a book on her third album, Boys For Pele, has been a long time coming over a decade, in fact After postponements, missed deadlines, and the album being back up for grabs, Amy Gentry s proposal landed her the project, with it being slated for release on November 1st I d stopped keeping up with the progress on this sometime ar 33 is an on going series of non fiction books with each volume centered around a single music album If you ve been in the Tori Amos fandom long enough, you ll know that a book on her third album, Boys For Pele, has been a long time coming over a decade, in fact After postponements, missed deadlines, and the album being back up for grabs, Amy Gentry s proposal landed her the project, with it being slated for release on November 1st I d stopped keeping up with the progress on this sometime around 2012 13, but as soon as I saw that ARCs were making the rounds, I was all over it thank you to the publisher for providing a proof in exchange for an honest review Gentry knows how to reel a reader in the book starts with the sentencethe first time I heard a Tori Amos song, I was disgustedWhile providing just enough anecdotes to drive the point home and keep the reader engaged with a personal touch, she proceeds to analyze the record through scholarly ideas such as Kant s philosophy on taste and Kristeva s concept of the abject Both of these were necessary for the approach to Pele the author went with, but the expositions could ve been trimmed down some, and I also could ve done without the parallels she kept drawing to another volume in the series, concerning C line Dion, whom I could not care less about If you go into this book hoping for a track by track break down of the album, you ll probably be disappointed The first third of the book wonderfully recounts Tori s projects leading up to Boys For Pele, all necessary to understand her journey of re claiming womanhood which led to the album s genesis.My first reaction to Boys For Pele was similar to the author s after falling head over heels in love with Little Earthquakes, Boys For Pele was a complete departure, and felt impenetrable to my sixteen year old ears It was dense and cryptic in a way I couldn t even begin to unpack gibberish would be the less kind description , wrathful and intense in a way I hadn t been exposed to I could deal with the fierce, male energy anger of bands like Hole, but this was very different , and just plain inaccessible with its dissonant melodies and often out of control vocals It was unnerving a new kind of raw, and I dismissed it as inaccessible for years it sounded like she was undergoing an exorcism, which, in a way, is exactly what the record is aboutit was that feeling of ripping open your vein , Tori said Gentry summed it up beautifully in this passageSoftness was all but missing from Boys For Pele at once alien and archaic, the harpsichord is not capable of softness The transitions were too abrupt, the stripped down songs too stripped down Twinkle was a one finger lullaby, Beauty Queen a single note plunked over and over and the whole thing sounded as if submerged, not in musical white space, but in something like black space Thecomplicated songs, Blood Roses and Professional Widow and In the Springtime of His Voodoo , were exhausting, the thread of their bizarre lyrics and multiple bridges and breakdowns and deliberately contorted vocals impossible to follow Melodies were stretched like taffy and then suddenly interrupted to make way for abrasive, spitting lyrics You think I m a queer, I think you re a queer Chickens get a taste of your meat Stag shit Starfucker It better be big, boy Fragments of prettiness would reenter the scene, skewed and nonsensical, band aids of grace just soft enough to hurt when ripped awayIt took years to click, but when I most needed it, the album was there, waiting for me Nowadays I like to joke that you can t possibly get this record until you ve listened to it at 2AM while curled up sobbing in the bathtub, choking on the shower spray, but it s really less of a joke andwhat literally had to happen for Tori to take my hand and lead me to the edge of the volcano It almost crosses into progressive rock territory by defying common song structures and playing with unconventional time signatures, and now easily ranks as my third favorite record of hers I don t think From the Choirgirl Hotel and Scarlet s Walk, which share swap around for the number one spot, will ever be dislodged, but if I were asked to single out the most important or essential album in her long career, it would be my pick, hands down.A pianist herself, I really enjoyed reading the author s descriptions of the songs she even managed to draw my attention to little details I d never caught on to before, which is quite the feat Her prose was so beautiful and involved when writing about the song girls that some of the passages truly and honestly knocked my breath out, and I dare say even the most seasoned Tori fan will likely gain a new layer of understanding in one respect or other I loved the feminist approach she adopted to write about this record is there really any other way to tackle it though , while also, and most importantly, daring to ask the sort of questions that get silenced as soon as they are uttered in this fandom For instance, whether Tori has the right to appropriate the pain of Native and Southern Black Americans in the way she s been known to do throughout her career.Of the eighteen tracks on Boys For Pele, Gentry goes into stunning in depth analysis of Blood Roses, Professional Widow, Marianne, Caught a Lite Sneeze, Hey Jupiter, Way Down, and Little Amsterdam, lightly touches on some others, while largely ignoring a good portion of the album, especially the latter half, which, the author admits, doesn t hold many favorites Muhammad My Friend and Doughnut Song are never even mentioned, and Father Lucifer s, Talula s and Twinkle s passing name drops are of no account, either Not having read any of the other books in the 33 series, I don t know if it s common practice to pick and choose songs to focus on rather than delve into the whole album, but the choice baffled me Boys For Pele, like no other Tori album except for Scarlet s Walk, is a journey those are the only two of hers that I cannot listen to on shuffle if I put them on, I have to listen in order, and all the way through In Pele s case, the journey is the climb out of the belly of the beast, and because of that narrative it should be taken in and considered as a whole Tori herself saidthere is to me,like novel form on this, chapter to chapter It is a story She does descend, she goes to visit Lucifer, she finds the Black Widow, she finds Mr Zebra and some of the other characters that she takes along with her It s very Alice In Wonderland, in a sense.I can t help but feel a little affronted at how Twinkle, especially, was completely ignored I wouldn t single it out as a favorite song of mine, but in the context of the album, it s crucial It signifies the hopeful redemption at the end of the narrative, and allows for the final healing and moving on after all the blood letting, Pele s raging fire has burnt down and cooled to a distant, twinkling star I ve always loved that imagery, and since I feel that it s a criminally underrated and largely overlooked song, I wish it had gotten the spot light it deserved.Despite her impressive and meticulous research work lots of credits go to Jason Elijah at yessaid, who is about to release his own self published tome on Tori , there were some inaccuracies that jumped out to me most notably, American Doll Posse is not a double album, and Caught a Lite Sneeze was the first ever single to be offered as a free digital download at the end of 1995, and not an unnamed song in 1998, as Gentry writes this was an uncorrected proof though, so perhaps these errors have been caught in editing and will be rectified in the final version.Overall, when the book got it right, it was incredible, but I can t give it a full five stars because it meandered a little in the early chapters, while the latter half, when Gentry finally started digging into the individual songs, didn t end up giving me the full deconstruction of the album I craved it just left me wanting , and if she were to publish an expanded version on the full album, I d be first in line to buy it Still, even as it is, I d go as far as calling it an essential read for any Tori Amos fan, and I look forward to having a physical copy on my shelf Spoon is thanked in the acknowledgements, so I really hope Tori gets to read this I can say without the shadow of a doubt that she would love it, and that s really the highest compliment you could wish for All my book reviews can be found here Buy on BookDepository

  3. MissBecka MissBecka says:

    Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury Academic for this ARC.I ve said it before and I apparently have to say it againI WANT MORE EMOTION This is always my problem with the 33 1 3 books, sadly I am completely addicted to them despite knowing I will never get the emotions I want I always hope for a love story told through the deconstruction of the album Personal emotions and memories mixed in with the reasoning and inspiration behind the songs instead of a dry delivery of other critics tho Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury Academic for this ARC.I ve said it before and I apparently have to say it againI WANT MORE EMOTION This is always my problem with the 33 1 3 books, sadly I am completely addicted to them despite knowing I will never get the emotions I want I always hope for a love story told through the deconstruction of the album Personal emotions and memories mixed in with the reasoning and inspiration behind the songs instead of a dry delivery of other critics thoughts.The author did include some memories and personal emotion, but they seemed out of place or too badly timed to be relevant.She starts with recalling her review she wrote for the school paper on this album in the 90 s and that washow I had hoped the rest of the book would have played out It just felt dry and got off topic far too much I m looking at you entire chapter on the history and development of taste.She delved into most of Tori s library of work, not just Boys for Pele, which was interesting and the reasoning behind some off the songs did haveto them than I knew priorI just wanted MORE

  4. Megan Megan says:

    This is outstanding a treatise on disgust and the abject, taste, gender, excess, pain, femininity through Boys for Pele and responses to it, including the author s own initial negative assessment in a review written for her high school newspaper The analysis of the songs and the critical discourse surrounding Tori s career, especially the dismissive, eyerolling evaluations of even female rock critics, are unparalleled Fresh structural approach chapters titled Y Kant Tori ___, citing Tori s e This is outstanding a treatise on disgust and the abject, taste, gender, excess, pain, femininity through Boys for Pele and responses to it, including the author s own initial negative assessment in a review written for her high school newspaper The analysis of the songs and the critical discourse surrounding Tori s career, especially the dismissive, eyerolling evaluations of even female rock critics, are unparalleled Fresh structural approach chapters titled Y Kant Tori ___, citing Tori s early glam rock band Y Kant Tori Read and an especially valuable, nuanced chapter wrangling with Tori s identifications with Native culture and history One of my favorite 33 1 3s

  5. Jessica Hopper Jessica Hopper says:

    One of the best books of feminist music criticism I have ever read I am not an Amos fan by any stretch, and yet yelled FUCK YES , out loud, while reading Love all that Gentry brings into consideration here, and all that she unpacks not just about Tori, but all the performers and artists that critics have long deemed too much.

  6. Girl Girl says:

    I received an e copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.If you need to know anything about my music habits, it would be that Tori Amos has been the most important artist for me for the past 17 years, give or take I started to listen to her music in December 2001, and I have been around for the release of every new album of hers ever since Amy Gentry s book is about Boys for Pele, Tori Amos s third record as a solo artist, originally released in 1996 I received an e copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.If you need to know anything about my music habits, it would be that Tori Amos has been the most important artist for me for the past 17 years, give or take I started to listen to her music in December 2001, and I have been around for the release of every new album of hers ever since Amy Gentry s book is about Boys for Pele, Tori Amos s third record as a solo artist, originally released in 1996 Boys for Pele is a behemoth of an album, clocking in at over 70 minutes and counting 18 tracks Written in the aftermath of Amos s breakup with her boyfriend of seven years, it is angry, raw and melancholic, concerned with exploring and exorcising demons, both inner and outer ones It is, arguably, one of Amos s masterpieces There is a lot that can be said about this album Gentry chooses to examine it through the lens of the Kantian notions of aesthetics and Julia Kristeva s concept of the abject The latter, in particular, has a considerably apt resonance with regards to this record, which is ugly, difficult and, in parts, unpleasant Surprisingly for me, though, Gentry quotes some reviews that described Pele as precious and too cutesy girly Seriously I found this quote particularly resonant Women and girls have a particularly complicated relationship with disgust We learn at an early age to be grossed out by our bodies, with their ungainly fat deposits and nipples guaranteed to be the wrong size and slimy, bleeding, wrinkly holes Later on, we learn that the things we like are also disgusting, because we like them These things include, but are not limited to unicorns, romance novels, the color pink, Tori Amos.Gentry s discussion of Boys for Pele is both fascinating and deeply personal, as the author draws on her early experience of listening to the album and dismissing aspects of it in order to appearsophisticated What is a little strange for me is that although Gentry analyzes some songs in considerable detail Blood Roses, Professional Widow, Marianne, Hey Jupiter, Little Amsterdam , a few others are barely mentioned In fact, there is not even a brief overview of all the tracks in succession While in other respects I find this book insightful and valuable, it is lacking in this regard while it has some outstanding tracks, Boys for Pele forms a cohesive whole out of its separate parts.Still, I recommend this book to fans and non fans alike this album and the artist herself definitely merit this kind of thoughtful critical attention Personally I consider Scarlet s Walk to be on par with Pele

  7. Alex Sarll Alex Sarll says:

    Explicitly in conversation with Carl Wilson s 33 1 3 about Celine Dion, Amy Gentry s entry in the series is, like that earlier book, one of the ones you can profitably read even if you re not a huge fan of the act it s ostensibly about Addressing an artist often criticised for lacking a filter, Gentry opens in an appropriately confessional vein The first time I heard a Tori Amos song I was disgusted I was an eighth grader with an underdeveloped chest What follows is in large part an inve Explicitly in conversation with Carl Wilson s 33 1 3 about Celine Dion, Amy Gentry s entry in the series is, like that earlier book, one of the ones you can profitably read even if you re not a huge fan of the act it s ostensibly about Addressing an artist often criticised for lacking a filter, Gentry opens in an appropriately confessional vein The first time I heard a Tori Amos song I was disgusted I was an eighth grader with an underdeveloped chest What follows is in large part an investigation of that disgust and of our attempt to shield against it with taste, condom of the soul A struggle which feels all theurgent for the fearful penetrability of the body by sound just think of the way a song you don t like can get into your head , be described like a ghastly parasite as an earworm , and worse, the fact that you might even end up liking it after alland then what does that say about you The book s chapter titles all riff on Amos disavowed debut Y Kant Tori Read , of which a partial defence is mounted my favourite goes right in for the pun with Y Kant Tori Kant , its discussion of the K nigsberg bore s aesthetic theories, alongside those of Burke et al, shedding valuable light on how male created theories of what matters in art have so often sought to marginalise women as audience, never mind creators Something which remains the case in Wilson s book, where for all his attempts to examine taste, there remains an unshakable underlying assumption that Elliott Smith is on some intrinsic level superior to Celine Dion One of the big themes here is the way that the cultural conversation takes man stuffseriously than woman stuff, and though I broadly agree, there are times when Gentry weakens her own argument by overplaying it It is interesting how many champions of other female acts have taken against Amos, and while there s certainly something to the notion that Amos seems to rebel in the wrong way even for them too twee, too precious, too abstract, simply too much , I don t wholly buy the notion that Amos has been uniquely hard done to Gentry rightly criticises press attempts to turn Professional Widow into a diss track catfight with Courtney Love, but in a sense she s engaged in a similar sort of fannish one up wo manship here I m fairly sure fans of Love, surely the alternative scene s Hillary Clinton, would make a strong case that Love has had a tougher ride in terms of genuine hate than the condescension and incomprehension with which Amos has contended But even beyond that, the likes of Kate Bush and Bj rk, who here tend to be referenced asrespected, have each suffered an awful lot of mockery over the years And at the risk of coming over all MRA, you d never know from this book that male rock stars weren t treated with universal reverence Whenever Mick Jagger is mentioned, it s as an example of the object of general awe, despite the equally plausible counternarrative which saw him move straight from horny little oik to ridiculous old has been, decried as a rip off merchant the whole way Similarly, when Gentry suggests that pretentious male rock lyricists may be mocked as fey, but never as dim wittedwell, that may be true of the US rock press, but it really doesn t hold in the UK This is not the only example of a slight blind spot for the non American perspective The cover line Hips Lips Tits Power for the Amos Bj rk PJ Harvey piece in Q is taken at face value, rather than being noted as a Silverfish reference, which naturally makes it seemreductive Similarly, while Professional Widow is discussed at length, there s not a whisper of the Armand van Helden remix even though it surely speaks powerfully to the book s angle that Amos biggest hit single was the result of a man removing most of her words and music But of course, in the US that was only a club hit, not a hit hit like it was in Europe Still, even if Gentry s fascination with Amos can occasionally lead to these slight overstatements, it s worth it Amos is an act whose fans identify powerfully with her as confidante, big sister, alter ego and to have the book written by someone who doesn t share that would feel bloodless and false You get muchsense of the author from this book than you do from many 33 1 3s, and often it s Gentry talking about the things which bring her close to Amos from the obvious, like being female, through being generally odd and growing up in a religious family, to the distinctly niche This was the first time I learned of Amos jaw ailment, which Gentry shares, and which provides a great lynchpin for discussing the grain of Amos sound the way she ll twist or swallow words, the little details which ensure that you can never forget that what you re listening to was made by an organic body existing in a concrete physical space Gentry contrasts this to the diamond hard vocals of Kate Bush, to whom Amos is often compared , which I m not sure is quite right you say diamond hard vocals to me and I think Billy Mackenzie, where Bush islike a mighty wave , but I can absolutely see what she s getting at And it s this physicality, this refusal to shy away from the grubby and abject, which put Gentry off Pele at first, in a teenage review to which she keeps returning With which I can sympathise I was also, as a fan of the first two albums, somewhat nonplussed by this long and messy new record In the intervening years, I ve come to realise that yes, there s a lot there And next time I go back to it, it s going to be with a fresh appetite and all sorts of new perspectives Like its subject, this book is uneven and a bit all over the place, but taken as a whole, well worth it There are still references here and there online, including on Goodreads, to another 33 1 3 on Boys for Pele which was meant to be happening about five years ago, written by Elizabeth Merrick Maybe some day we can get a 33 1 3 about the stories behind 33 1 3 books and find out what happened there For the record, I m not really a fan of either I have a lot of friends who love Smith, but the one time I saw him live I was left entirely unmoved Whereas Dionwell, the association of her song with a video featuring Kate Winslet, during my phase of peak Winslet fandom by association, left its traces But even before that there was the youth hostel in Verona which always had the same mixtape playing at breakfast, and the only other track I remember was a very soulful live version of Bowie s Changes , but there was a Celine Dion song on there too, and one other guest who would always be reduced to floods of tears by it And even as a snotty teenager, I suspected this was closer to what art is meant to be about than the vague air of disaffected cool fans of eg Fugazi seemed to derive from their own choice of band I didn t get Netgalley ARC Which, of course, may also mean that some of my quibbles above get addressed between this uncorrected proof and the finished product

  8. Kirsty Kirsty says:

    I loved this one of the best 33 1 3 books I ve read It functions partly as a rebuttal of the 33 1 3 book on Celine Dion, which I enjoyed but also acknowledge is a fine example of Straight White Male Bullshit Read that one, then read this one I like many of Tori Amos s songs, though not this album particularly, and I wouldn t call myself a fan But even if you re not a fan of Tori Amos s music or public persona even if you ve never listened to her , there s a lot to take from this about w I loved this one of the best 33 1 3 books I ve read It functions partly as a rebuttal of the 33 1 3 book on Celine Dion, which I enjoyed but also acknowledge is a fine example of Straight White Male Bullshit Read that one, then read this one I like many of Tori Amos s songs, though not this album particularly, and I wouldn t call myself a fan But even if you re not a fan of Tori Amos s music or public persona even if you ve never listened to her , there s a lot to take from this about women in the music industry, mental health, how we discuss fame and famous people, and who gets and doesn t get critical attention and acclaim and why

  9. Tess Tess says:

    Amy Gentry s comprehensive and insightful look at Tori Amos music, with her album Boys for Pele as the anchor, was breathtaking I gobbled it up in two sittings, and wantedonce I reached the end As a lifelong Amos fan, I loved reading her take on Amos career, learning new things, and thinking differently about the music, lyrics, and sounds that have been a part of my soul since middle school I can certainly see myself re reading this beautiful book many times throughout my life, and th Amy Gentry s comprehensive and insightful look at Tori Amos music, with her album Boys for Pele as the anchor, was breathtaking I gobbled it up in two sittings, and wantedonce I reached the end As a lifelong Amos fan, I loved reading her take on Amos career, learning new things, and thinking differently about the music, lyrics, and sounds that have been a part of my soul since middle school I can certainly see myself re reading this beautiful book many times throughout my life, and that is one of the best compliments I can give

  10. K K says:

    I rarely identify so strongly with music criticism, but wow this book is wonderful You don t have to be a Tori Amos fan to enjoy it, but if you are, it s going to touch some nerves It helps if you have a working knowledge of abjection theory especially Kristeva , but Gentry does a great job of using Amos and the way her fans have been ridiculed by rock critics to explore her themes On apersonal note, I submitted a proposal to 33 1 3 back in 2014 to write about this album, and I m so ha I rarely identify so strongly with music criticism, but wow this book is wonderful You don t have to be a Tori Amos fan to enjoy it, but if you are, it s going to touch some nerves It helps if you have a working knowledge of abjection theory especially Kristeva , but Gentry does a great job of using Amos and the way her fans have been ridiculed by rock critics to explore her themes On apersonal note, I submitted a proposal to 33 1 3 back in 2014 to write about this album, and I m so happy they rejected my idea in favor of Gentry s There were some points while reading this book that made me want to reach out to every weird kid I knew back in 1996 1998 and say this book is for us She gets it

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