Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be by Jen Trynin
A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale

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"With plenty to say and ample musical gifts with which to say it, Boston newcomer Jennifer Trynin is poised to join the upper ranks of GenX alternative rock queendom . . . One of the year's best debuts. A revelation."-BILLBOARD

It was 1994-post-Liz Phair, mid-Courtney Love, just shy of Alanis Morissette. After seven years of slogging it out in the Boston music scene, Jen Trynin took a hard look at herself and gave "making it" one last shot.

It worked. Suddenly Trynin became the spark that set off one of the most heated bidding wars of the year. Major labels vied for her, to the tune of multiple millions of dollars in deals. Lawyers, managers, and booking agents clamored for her attention. Billboard put her on the cover. Everyone knew she was the Next Big Thing. But then she wasn't.

In a series of dizzying, hilarious, heartbreaking snapshots, Trynin captures what it's like to be catapulted to the edge of rock stardom, only to plummet back down to earth. Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be is the story of a girl who got what she wished for-and lived happily ever after anyway.
 

About Jen Trynin

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JEN TRYNIN lives in Boston. This is her first book. She still rocks, when she feels like it.
 
Published February 1, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Casual, chatty book that's generally pointless, save for some vaguely interesting music-business insights that illuminate the industry's egregious exploitation of artists.

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Trynin plays nightly gigs, has her ear chewed off by one executive or lawyer or manager after another, gets drunk, kisses her bass player, gets drunk, signs a huge contract, gets drunk and ultimately ends up knocked out of rock-star contention by that other strong-voiced, edgy female rocker, Alan...

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Recalling the heady mid-'90s days of a bullish music industry obsessed with bidding wars, not survival tactics, ex-singer/songwriter Jen Trynin wryly recounts her too-brief tenure as rock's next big thing in Everything I'm Cracked Up To Be.

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Amy Finch San Diego Union Tribune 3.5 of 5 Stars "Hers is the story of pure, undiluted junk, the stuff of fantasy: what it’s like to be thought of by the music business as the next big thing.

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