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This story of how a Minneapolis garage band was discovered by Warner Records' legendary Tim Carr and made a name for itself in the grunge rock scene takes a rare peek into the glamorous--and tough--world of rock and roll, as it follows this idealistic band on the road to fame and success. This story of how a Minneapolis garage band was discovered by Warner Records' legendary Tim Carr and made a name for itself in the grunge rock scene takes a rare peek into the glamorous--and tough--world of rock and roll, as it follows this idealistic band on the road to fame and success.


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This story of how a Minneapolis garage band was discovered by Warner Records' legendary Tim Carr and made a name for itself in the grunge rock scene takes a rare peek into the glamorous--and tough--world of rock and roll, as it follows this idealistic band on the road to fame and success. This story of how a Minneapolis garage band was discovered by Warner Records' legendary Tim Carr and made a name for itself in the grunge rock scene takes a rare peek into the glamorous--and tough--world of rock and roll, as it follows this idealistic band on the road to fame and success.

30 review for Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band

  1. 4 out of 5

    bethanne

    I'll read any book about 90s music. This is any book. Fontanelle is a great fucking album. I'll read any book about 90s music. This is any book. Fontanelle is a great fucking album.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Bananas)

    Oh nostalgia. I'd forgotten all about this book. It always surprises me when I find something I've read that I haven't catalogued on GR yet. This book reminds me of riot grrrl feuds, Courtney Love, babydoll dresses and the kinderwhore look (what a name for a look), violets, bad music, good music, high school, and the boyfriend I lent my Babes in Toyland cd to and never got it back from - collateral damage of that break up, along with my Nirvana Bleach cd. He did introduce me to the Violent Femme Oh nostalgia. I'd forgotten all about this book. It always surprises me when I find something I've read that I haven't catalogued on GR yet. This book reminds me of riot grrrl feuds, Courtney Love, babydoll dresses and the kinderwhore look (what a name for a look), violets, bad music, good music, high school, and the boyfriend I lent my Babes in Toyland cd to and never got it back from - collateral damage of that break up, along with my Nirvana Bleach cd. He did introduce me to the Violent Femmes so it was a fair trade. He was also one of the few guys I knew in high shool who was cool enough to like girl bands. Oh and I lost my virginity to him. Yeah, good times.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Of course I think this book is cool because I like to obsess over every minute detail of my favorite bands...although Neal Karlen's story-telling often left me questioning the validity of what was going on. I didn't like how he spent a good chunk of the book talking about Mo (a & r guy) and the history of A&R men and how he gave so much credit to all these guys trying to keep BIT together. I don't blame Babes for wanting to break up and all of their drama with all the annoying guys coming in and Of course I think this book is cool because I like to obsess over every minute detail of my favorite bands...although Neal Karlen's story-telling often left me questioning the validity of what was going on. I didn't like how he spent a good chunk of the book talking about Mo (a & r guy) and the history of A&R men and how he gave so much credit to all these guys trying to keep BIT together. I don't blame Babes for wanting to break up and all of their drama with all the annoying guys coming in and trying to take over. Duh... but I guess the title is more true than I wanted it to be, it's about the Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll band and since they were on a major label it was hardly about Kat Bjelland , Lori Barbero, and Maureen Hermann. It's a leave it all up to the guys story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Had to give a shout out to this one. Just reread it for the ??? time. A great chronicle of women who wanted to rock and roll, and of the inner workings of an industry that is at times great and at times cutthroat. Very well written, and kudos to the author and to these women for following their dreams.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Read this around the time I was desperately trying to be a riotgrrl in suburbia. Really great story. Had no prior knowledge of Lee Rinaldo's involvement with the Babes. Kat is so fucking cool. Read this around the time I was desperately trying to be a riotgrrl in suburbia. Really great story. Had no prior knowledge of Lee Rinaldo's involvement with the Babes. Kat is so fucking cool.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Davina Rhine

    Finally had to time to read this after having the book for ten years! Neal Karlen and his chronicles of one of the best bands from the 90s and pre Riot Grrrl rules!

  7. 5 out of 5

    idied

    sucks - but had interesting gossip I never knew before

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Patterson

    I love Babes in Toyland and their concert was one of my favorite concerts I've been to (and I go to a lot of concerts). I wanted to like this book at bit more, but it did remind me of how much I love this band. Kat seems like an asshole though. Not sure she is, but it's how she was portrayed in the book. And conversely, the book made me like Courtney Love a lot more. After the concert was over, my friend and I looked at each other and said "Wow, that drummer is a bad bitch"- said with the utmost I love Babes in Toyland and their concert was one of my favorite concerts I've been to (and I go to a lot of concerts). I wanted to like this book at bit more, but it did remind me of how much I love this band. Kat seems like an asshole though. Not sure she is, but it's how she was portrayed in the book. And conversely, the book made me like Courtney Love a lot more. After the concert was over, my friend and I looked at each other and said "Wow, that drummer is a bad bitch"- said with the utmost respect and admiration. That opinion stands. Lori is the hero of this story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    jamie

    If you're interested in the music industry, the 1990s and the rise and marketing of 'alternative' music and culture, and the intersection of corporate and pop culture (which I am, as it happens), this is a good book for you. If you want an in-depth treatment of Babes and Toyland's history, catalogue and members, you'll likely be disappointed. The book is much more focused on the A&R man who 'discovered' and signed Babes in Toyland, his personal process, and how he spent several years convincing If you're interested in the music industry, the 1990s and the rise and marketing of 'alternative' music and culture, and the intersection of corporate and pop culture (which I am, as it happens), this is a good book for you. If you want an in-depth treatment of Babes and Toyland's history, catalogue and members, you'll likely be disappointed. The book is much more focused on the A&R man who 'discovered' and signed Babes in Toyland, his personal process, and how he spent several years convincing the band to sign a record deal with a major label, and then spent several more overseeing the production and release of their first release for that label, and then spent a few more years after that holding the band together, often involving himself in their interpersonal relations and smoothing over their internal disputes. The A&R guy and many of his colleagues and bosses are better drawn than the members of the band, who are rendered rather superficially, and little time is spent on the meaning of the band's actual sound or music. I never got a sense of why the author even wanted to write about Babes in Toyland, though according to his biography, he, like the band, is from Minneapolis. The book sort of feels like it could have been about any band; the author could have written about Soul Asylum, probably, and wound up with a relatively similar book. I suppose the only real difference would have been that with Soul Asylum, the author wouldn't have been able to capitalize on the 'women in rock as novelty' trope, an issue that never really gets addressed in the book in any meaningful or satisfactory way. Again, if you're interested in the industry, pick this up. If you're interested in Babes in Toyland, you might be better off waiting for someone (and hopefully not a dude) to write a 33 1/3 series book about one of their LPs.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kitt-e-kat

    I picked up Babes in Toyland's CD "Fontanelle" cause I heard Courtney Love used to play with Kat so I thought I'd give it a listen. With me liking alot of genre of music and always giving bands a few listens before I judge, I thought their music was so terrible I just couldn't listen to it all or even try and listen to it again. I'm not sure why I picked up this book to read about their band when I disliked their cd/music?? I guess I figured since it was a swap and figured I could get some juicy I picked up Babes in Toyland's CD "Fontanelle" cause I heard Courtney Love used to play with Kat so I thought I'd give it a listen. With me liking alot of genre of music and always giving bands a few listens before I judge, I thought their music was so terrible I just couldn't listen to it all or even try and listen to it again. I'm not sure why I picked up this book to read about their band when I disliked their cd/music?? I guess I figured since it was a swap and figured I could get some juicy gossip about Courtney Love, I gave it try. The book was not to bad. I would rate it more of a 3 1/2 stars if there was half star ratings. I learned more about Tim Carr who also help jump start the thrash band Megadeth in the 80's. In the 90's his next big excitement major pickup who he fought and dedicated all his time for was the Babes in Toyland girl band. Reading the book about them you get to know the girls and their personalities. The Competitiveness (Singer) Kat had to be better than Courtney Love (which they both had this love/hate best- friend relationship) & their war over who started the Baby Doll dress look. The books shows how hard a girl band has to work to be considered taken seriously. The battle of being the new bass player replacing the original bass player and continuing to see interviews and magazine articles years later seeing old band line-up photos with the old bass player. Lots of information on how hard it is to be in a all girl band against all the odds. It's good they had a good hearted drummer (Lori) in the band who worked her ass off to keep the band afloat.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    As books about bands go, I guess this was alright. But I must admit that I don't read band biographies that often. I was very happy to learn what I did about Lori Barbero, that she was this generous music lover who let everyone and anyone who came through Minneapolis crash at her place and how she taught herself to play drums...I dig her. I was bummed that the portrayal of Kat Bjelland turned out to be so negative. I really wanted to absolutely love her. Anyway, I'm writing this over ten years af As books about bands go, I guess this was alright. But I must admit that I don't read band biographies that often. I was very happy to learn what I did about Lori Barbero, that she was this generous music lover who let everyone and anyone who came through Minneapolis crash at her place and how she taught herself to play drums...I dig her. I was bummed that the portrayal of Kat Bjelland turned out to be so negative. I really wanted to absolutely love her. Anyway, I'm writing this over ten years after I read the book. I was in my 20's when I read it...I'm in my 30's, married, with kids and educated with a career now. Big difference. I don't know what I would think of the book now. I still love their music though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I loved some loud screamy music in my high school days and I did enjoy Babes in Toyland. However, when I read this in 10th grade, I thought that they over-dramatized a lot of small incidents and that maybe they should have picked a different band to write about. I liked it enough to have my mom read it... not sure what I was thinking on that one. I am pretty sure I made her listen to "Handsome and Gretel" off of Fontanelle to give her some idea of who she was reading about. After that, she was a I loved some loud screamy music in my high school days and I did enjoy Babes in Toyland. However, when I read this in 10th grade, I thought that they over-dramatized a lot of small incidents and that maybe they should have picked a different band to write about. I liked it enough to have my mom read it... not sure what I was thinking on that one. I am pretty sure I made her listen to "Handsome and Gretel" off of Fontanelle to give her some idea of who she was reading about. After that, she was a little more weary of my mix tapes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katey

    At the time I read this, I thought this book was incredibly awesome. In hindsight, it seemed a bit premature to write a fairly extensive book on a band that, while riding the crest of the wave of "grrrl" power rock bands, never amounted to much (success wise or artistically) beyond "Fontanelle" or the mythic feud between Kat Bjelland and Courtney Love. At the time I read this, I thought this book was incredibly awesome. In hindsight, it seemed a bit premature to write a fairly extensive book on a band that, while riding the crest of the wave of "grrrl" power rock bands, never amounted to much (success wise or artistically) beyond "Fontanelle" or the mythic feud between Kat Bjelland and Courtney Love.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Misti Rainwater-Lites

    I love Kat Bjelland's from the ovaries YOWL. I enjoyed this book so much I read it three or four times. So why three stars? Kat is the only person in this book who resonates with me. I would have liked to have read more about her friendship with Courtney Love and how it turned sour. Also cheap tawdry sex would have been appreciated. I love Kat Bjelland's from the ovaries YOWL. I enjoyed this book so much I read it three or four times. So why three stars? Kat is the only person in this book who resonates with me. I would have liked to have read more about her friendship with Courtney Love and how it turned sour. Also cheap tawdry sex would have been appreciated.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kali Collins

    This is like the first book I ever WANTED to read and couldn't put down This is like the first book I ever WANTED to read and couldn't put down

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    I liked this book. I read it for research for some of my own writing and found it very helpful. I only wish that the book was more up to date.

  17. 4 out of 5

    peter

    probably one of the best band-biographies i have ever read

  18. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tom De Poortere

  21. 5 out of 5

    Antonia Del Campo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lance

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  24. 5 out of 5

    straypoint

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  26. 5 out of 5

    FEMME MOON

  27. 5 out of 5

    studioloraine

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeri

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tomatz

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