Ladies and germs! May we present Amy Gentry who will pen the 33 1/3 on Tori Amos’ 1996 album Boys for Pele. Amy’s book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.
Give it a good long listen!
We caught up with Amy to learn more about her listening and reading habits…
33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up?
AG: Growing up in Houston, I bought all my Tori Amos singles and imports at Sound Exchange, back when it was on Westheimer. Half-Price Books at Westheimer and Kirkwood was where I spent most of my time though.
33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world?
AG: I could live in the downtown Powell’s in Portland.
33 1/3: What are you listening to right…NOW?
AG: FKA twigs LP1 and Jazmine Sullivan Reality Show. My writing music.
33 1/3: What are you reading right….NOW?
AG: Mr. Fox by Barbara Comyns.
33 1/3: Where do you live?
What to expect from Amy’s 33 1/3:
It’s hard to think of a solo female recording artist who has been as revered or as reviled over the course of her career as Tori Amos. Amy Gentry argues that these violent aesthetic responses to Amos’s performance, both positive and negative, are organized around disgust—the disgust that women are taught to feel, not only for their own bodies, but for their taste in music. Released in 1996, Amos’s third album, Boys for Pele, represents the height of Amos’s willingness to explore the ugly qualities that make all of her music, even her more conventionally beautiful albums, so uncomfortably, and so wonderfully, strange. Using a blend of memoir, criticism, and aesthetic theory, Gentry argues that the aesthetics of disgust are useful for thinking in a broader way about women’s experience of all art forms.
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