Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville (33 1/3)

Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville (33 1/3)

Gina Arnold


Although Exile in Guyville was once celebrated as one of many year's best files by way of Spin and the New York Times, it used to be additionally, to a few, an abomination: a mockery of the Rolling Stones' such a lot respected checklist and an extraordinary glimpse into the psyche of a sensible, self reliant, robust younger girl. For those crimes, Liz Phair used to be run out of her homeland of Chicago, enduring a flame warfare perpetrated by way of writers who accused her of being dull, inauthentic, or even a negative musician.

With Exile in Guyville, Phair spoke for the entire women who enjoyed the area of indie rock yet felt deeply unwelcome there. like any nice artworks, Exile used to be a harbinger of the form of items to return: Phair can have undermined the male ego, yet she additionally unleashed a brand new woman one. For the sake of all of the woman artists who've benefited from her work―from Sleater-Kinney to Lana Del Rey and again again―it's excessive time we return to Guyville.

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