Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, with Music

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By the author of the bestselling Five-Finger Discount, a hip, funny, and absorbing memoir of a journalist realizing a lifelong dream—playing drums in a rock band—as her marriage hits the rocks Helene Stapinski took guitar lessons when she was a girl, but it was her brother’s drums that really held her interest. She used to sneak in and play them when he was away; when he r By the author of the bestselling Five-Finger Discount, a hip, funny, and absorbing memoir of a journalist realizing a lifelong dream—playing drums in a rock band—as her marriage hits the rocks Helene Stapinski took guitar lessons when she was a girl, but it was her brother’s drums that really held her interest. She used to sneak in and play them when he was away; when he realized what she was doing, he dismantled them each time he finished playing. But Helene figured out how to put them back together. She learned the classic drum solos and followed the careers of famous drummers. As an adult, Helene put the drums aside and became a journalist. When she was thirty she interviewed Julie, the leader of a rock band, for a story. The band needed a drummer, and Helene’s long-forgotten ambitions came flooding back. She joined, and then she brought her husband aboard on bass. Just as they started playing out at clubs, though, Helene’s husband quit the group. And as Helene’s involvement with her bandmates deepened, her relationship with her husband became distant and strained—and very nearly shattered. Baby Plays Around reads like a novel but will ring true to anyone who has ever been in a band or just dreamed of it. Set amid the bars, clubs, and rehearsal studios of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s an incisive exploration of the romance of rock and roll, and of the realization and relinquishing of youthful dreams—about ambition, freedom, and infidelity, about love lost and found again. Written with the same wit and insight that distinguished Stapinski’s uproarious memoir Five-Finger Discount—and a sense of humor as sharp as the crack of a snare drum—Baby Plays Around is a unique and deeply personal story of music and passion. From the Hardcover edition. ...more

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Comments

Allison Renner

I'm willing to bet I've read this book every year since it came out in 2004. I absolutely love it. The way it's written is absolutely flawless, and I don't say this to get your hopes up. I don't want to say the writing is beautiful because it's not necessarily, not in every line. It's just… exactly right. It's not too flowery or too matter-of-fact. She's a freelance journalist, and her writing shows this in the best way.The book revolves around Stapinski's time as a drummer in an indie band, del I'm willing to bet I've read this book every year since it came out in 2004. I absolutely love it. The way it's written is absolutely flawless, and I don't say this to get your hopes up. I don't want to say the writing is beautiful because it's not necessarily, not in every line. It's just… exactly right. It's not too flowery or too matter-of-fact. She's a freelance journalist, and her writing shows this in the best way.The book revolves around Stapinski's time as a drummer in an indie band, delving back into her childhood musical beginnings as well as the friendships and relationships she's in at the time. It gets very personal as she openly shares troubles she has in her band as well as in her marriage. For knowing exactly what happens, the book still punches me in the gut at the crucial moments, then soothes me over with the resolution. Absolutely amazing, recommend to everyone.


Megan

I loved Stapinski's writing. She tells a compelling story. I picked up this book with no expectations and I really liked it. I would definitely read more from her. I loved Stapinski's writing. She tells a compelling story. I picked up this book with no expectations and I really liked it. I would definitely read more from her.


Zoe Stark

Without spoiling it, there were moments I though Stapinski was writing about me. I wanna see the movie.

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