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Carrie Brownstein & Questlove interviewed each other

Sleater-Kinney’s singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstein sat down with legendary bandleader and drummer of The Roots, Questlove, for the latest edition of The Talkhouse Music Podcast. Brownstein was visiting to discuss her new book Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl.

The recently recorded event, produced by the WORD bookstore mini-chain, was a release party for Brownstein’s book – she’s currently touring around the States to promote it. Brownstein invited Questlove onstage and the pair exchanged ideas about their lives growing up and as professional musicians, as well as the parallels between Modern Girl and Questlove’s own book Mo. Meta Blues. 

The pair found they had shared some uncannily similar experiences on their journeys with music, with the drummer remarking “When I read the book… I don’t know if we would have grown up in the same neighbourhood and been best friends, but I know that we are the same person…. I was reading like ‘This is the companion to my book!’”.

Brownstein opened up in the podcast about the pressure to define oneself in front of others, remarking that, “a lot of musicians… the instinct is to push against… when people are putting definitions on your face… but over time you start to realise that you are those things.” Listen to the full podcast below:

Fans will have the chance to ask Brownstein about her experiences in more detail when Sleater-Kinney tour Australia next March. Dates blow:

Friday March 4: HQ, Adelaide

Saturday March 5: The Triffid, Brisbane

Sunday March 6: Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Wednesday March 9: The Croxton, Melbourne (Sold Out)

Thursday March 10: The Croxton , Melbourne (Sold Out)