2. Sources



Aston, Martin, Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD. The Friday Project: 2013. (“made it dumb…essentially you and Dave…evil producer, 80s drum sounds”)

Evans, Liz, Women, Sex and Rock ‘n Roll: In Their Own Words. Pandora: 1994.

Frank, Josh and Caryn Ganz, Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies. St. Martin’s Press: 2006. (“too weird for the straights”)

Hersh, Kristin, Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt. University of Texas Press: 2015. (Petrusich’s quote is from the intro)

—. Nerve Endings: Selected Lyrics. Unbound: 2018. [Note: as with Bob Dylan’s lyric books, Hersh’s official lyrics sometimes aren’t what she sings on record. E.g., the lines from “Finished” noted in the essay are from Chains Changed, not this book.]

—. Rat Girl: A Memoir. Penguin: 2010. [AKA Paradoxical Undressing in the UK/Europe.] [A rich source of quotes and details of the early Muses years. It’s a phenomenal book, one of the best memoirs, let alone rock memoirs, of this century.]

Milano, Brett, The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock ‘n’ Roll. Commonwealth Editions: 2007. (“as if women was a question”)

Raphael, Amy, Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock. Virago Press: 1995.

Reynolds, Simon and Joy Press, The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Harvard University Press: 1995.


Andrick, Frank, “Throwing Muses,” JoyZine, ca. late 1992.

Aston, Martin, “Throwing Muses,” The Catalogue, January 1989.

Barron, Jack, “Songs About Hair and Sweat and Lamps and Falling,” NME, 11 February 1989.

Beard, Tony, “Muse-ic From the Other Side,” Record Mirror, ca. autumn 1988.

Boehm, Mike, “Blowing Fuses: A Band Known for Raw, Harrowing Musical Psychodramas Overcomes Personal, Professional Problems,” Los Angeles Times, 23 May 1991. (“every nuance of the real sound…right in the middle of the gym”)

—. “Fling Is Over for Throwing Muses: Creative Spark Thrives, but Poor Record Sales Force Rockers—in O.C. Sunday—to Bow Out,” LA Times, 19 April 1997.

—. “Hersh Plucks Songs from the Air,” LA Times, 17 August 1992.

Bonner, Michael, “I Don’t Like Strangeness!: An Interview with Kristin Hersh,” Uncut, November 2013. (“one of those years everything falls apart…Warner trying to break up the band”)

Carmen, John, “In the Belly of the Beast,” Cash Box, 22 May 1993.

Cohen, Randee Dawn, “Kristin Hersh—Living Every Moment,” Alternative Press, April 1994. (“my child and my life”)

Cusack, Elaine, “Lipstick, Powder and Saint,” Guitar, January 1994.

Dalton, Stephen, “Serious Shrinking,” NME, 2 February 1991.

Eccleston, Danny, “Soul Soldiers: Kristin Hersh & Tanya Donelly,” Guitarist, May 1991.

Fadele, Dele, “Loving the Aliens,” Melody Maker, 1 July 1989.

Feldman, Andrea, “Home Is Where the Heart Lies,” Warped Reality, 2 January 2014.

Fletcher, Tony, “Muses for the Masses,” Record Mirror, ca. January 1989.

Freeman, John, “Counting Backwards: Throwing Muses Interviewed,” The Quietus, 24 October 2011.

Gambino, Jamie, “Throwing Muses: The Fat Skier and Beyond,” With Guitars, 8 December 2012.

Gilmore, Laura, “Throwing Muses,” The Beat, 16 June-1 July 1988.

Hell, Billy, “Kristin Hersh,” Perfect Sound Forever, February 2005. (“we didn’t mean ever to be strange”)

Henderson, Dave, “Ski Tips For Beginners,” Underground, September 1987.

Hillyard, Kim, “In Conversation: Kristin Hersh,” Clash Magazine, 10 June 2014.

Huston, Johnny, “Hersh’s Kisses,” Puncture No. 37, late 1996.

Mathur, Paul, “Storm Troupers,” Melody Maker, 19 March 1988.

McDougall, Grant, “She and Her Charms,” unknown Australian magazine, ca. 1994.

Micaleff, Ken, “Kristin Hersh,” Ray Gun, March 1994.

Mulvey, John, “Natal Attraction,” NME, 8 August 1992.

Nicholasen, Michelle, “Muse-Ic For Pleasure,” unknown publication, 1986.

Norko, Julie, “David Narcizo & The ‘Throwing Muses,'” The Cowl (Providence College), 13 March 1985.

Popson, Tom, “Throwing Muses’ Hersh Lets the Songs Call the Tune,” Chicago Tribune, 3 May 1991. (“Ramona happens around you”)

Ransom, Kevin, “Altered Tunings, Perfect Chords,” The Whole Guitar Book No. 3, 1994.

Roberts, Chris, “Kristin Hersh: A Kind of Blue,” Uncut, April 2001. (“I destroyed [Dizzy]”)

—. “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Melody Maker, 18 February 1989.

—. “Tanya Donelly,” Uncut, January 1998.

Segal, Victoria, “She Is Not a Muse,” Vox, March 1998. (“I wrote ‘Dizzy’ to play the game”)

Shirley, David, “Cracking Up Is Hard to Do,” Option, November/December 1991. (“push the limits of our parts…detail and solidity…too complex to be groovy…lot of notes very, very fast”)

Snow, Mat, “Grannie Takes a Trip,” NME, 29 November 1986 (+ interview tape).

Soto, Alfred, “Throwing Muses: On First Listen,” Stylus, 9 May 2007.

Sprague, David, “Throwing Muses,” CMJ New Music Monthly, January 1995. (“lot of respect for sitting through our shows…couldn’t ignore it…big lie…Satan is famous…feel like Yay!”)

Stingley, Mick, “Kristin Hersh on 30 Years of Throwing Muses,” Esquire, December 2013. (“girls don’t start fights”)

Strauss, Neil, “My So-Called Double Life: Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses Finds the Common Ground Between Motherhood and Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Rolling Stone, 9 March 1995. (“the perfect chord”)

Stubbs, David, “Daughters of the Fatherland,” NME, 28 January 1989.

—. “Roads to Recovery,” Melody Maker, 17 October 1992.

Sullivan, Caroline, “Tortured By the Muse,” The Guardian, 10 September 1992.

Sutcliffe, Phil, “Kristin Hersh,” Q, September 1998. (source of the Hips and Makers sales figure)

Terzian, Peter, “Jewel-Toned Insides: Talking with Throwing Muses and Tanya Donelly,” The Paris Review, 17 December 2013.

Thrills, Adrian, “Home Is Where the Hurt Is,” NME, 19 March 1988.

Tranquilla, Ryan, “Kristin Hersh: Loose Timing,” Splendidezine.com, 2001. (“like Lisa Simpson as a kid…melodies like phonetic percussion…song moving at certain pace…fool people into buying the record”)

True, Everett, Melody Maker, 16 March 1991.

Whitmore, Laura B. and Tom Gilbert, “Guitar Girl’d,” Guitar World, 4 December 2013.

Wilkinson, Roy, “Muses in Motion,” Sounds, 26 September 1987. (“sire all these children…all the words rhyme”)

Wright, Christian Logan, “Little Big Band,” Spin, May 1989. (“tight black top”)

Younger, Jamie, “The AS Twitterview: Kristin Hersh,” American Songwriter, 20 December 2010. (“songs on fire”)

+: the Berenyi quote is from an undated Melody Maker, as scanned by Andrea Feldman here; “women are allowed to write songs about women” is from a 1994 interview with the University of Otago (New Zealand) student magazine The Critic, as transcribed via Andrew Wall; a few stray Hersh quotes (“lame jocks…”) are from an interview by Gary Bennett that vanished from the internet seemingly a week after I read it.

Essential Sites

The Kristin Hersh Archives.

Kristin Hersh Tabs Page.

Kristin Hersh.