Why Karen Carpenter Matters

Why Karen Carpenter Matters

In the '60s and '70s, America's music scene was marked by raucous excess, reflected in the tragic overdoses of young superstars such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. At the same time, the uplifting harmonies and sunny lyrics that propelled Karen Carpenter and her brother, Richard, to international fame belied a different sort of tragedy--the underconsumption that led to K...

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Title:Why Karen Carpenter Matters
Author:Karen Tongson
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Why Karen Carpenter Matters Reviews

  • Darcy armstrong

    Very well written, making it easy to read at a quick 130 pages. I received my first carpenters cd at 8 years old and dragged it all around the house, listening over and over again. This book made me relive why I did that.

  • Sara

    I was so looking forward to reading this book and it did not disappoint! Tongson is a talented writer and cogent pop culture critic. I loved loved loved her observations and how she made connections to KC’s story and her own life experiences. It was well done. I enjoyed learning more about the Filipino music scene of Tongson’s youth as well. The ending made me longing for a second volume!

  • Jensen Davis

    holy shit

  • Chi Chi

    Great mix of biography of Karen Carpenter, Autobiography of author Karen Tongson, and academic analysis of music and culture. I've never had a personal connection to the music of Karen Carpenter, but this was a compelling read anyways, as Tongson does an excellent job of explaining why Karen Carpenter is special to Long Beach, The Philippines, and the queer community. I certainly learned a lot.

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