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*Read E-pub õ Red Velvet Underground: A Rock Memoir, with Recipes ê Part memoir, part cookbook, and all rock and roll, Red Velvet Underground tells the story of how musician Freda Love Smith s indie rock past grew into her family and food centric presentSmith, born in Nashville and raised in Indiana, is best known as the drummer and co founder of bands such as the Boston based Blake Babies, Antenna, and the Mysteries of Life Red Velvet Underground is loosely framed around cooking lessons Smith gave to her eldest son, Jonah, before he left for college Smith compares her son s experiences to her own meeting Juliana Hatfield and starting the Blake Babies, touring in Evan Dando s hand me down station wagon, and crashing with Henry Rollins, who introduced the band to local California fare all while plumbing the deeper meanings behind the role of food, cooking, and familyInterspersed throughout these stories areflexitarian recipes mostly, but not exclusively, vegetarian such as red pepper cashew spread, spinach and brazil nut pesto, and vegan strawberry cream scones Throughout the book, Smith reveals how food, in addition to music, has evolved into an important means for creativity and improvisation Red Velvet Underground is an engaging exploration of the ways food and music have informed identity through every stage of one woman s life Was listening to the CD by her new band, Sunshine Boys and between books, decided to give this a read Glad I did OK, I am a bit fan of the Blake Babies, but also of Mysteries of Life, the Vulgar Boatmen both those bands get barely a mention in the book , ex boyfriend from HS and fellow band member John Strohm and his too cool dad , Julianne Hatfield, and The Lemonheads And yes, have the Antenna albums as well Although brought up there, and returned there later for the Mysteries and a l Was listening to the CD by her new band, Sunshine Boys and between books, decided to give this a read Glad I did OK, I am a bit fan of the Blake Babies, but also of Mysteries of Life, the Vulgar Boatmen both those bands get barely a mention in the book , ex boyfriend from HS and fellow band member John Strohm and his too cool dad , Julianne Hatfield, and The Lemonheads And yes, have the Antenna albums as well Although brought up there, and returned there later for the Mysteries and a later in life college degree, not much about Bloomington, IN A little confusion at first if in the scene she is describing son Jonah in his senior year in HS, or is he home from school after his first year at the U of IL UC But that clears up quickly She did not have the usual life HS, college, career And that she and her husband, musician and fellow band member Jake Smith, were able to pull it together and go on to a career in academia says a lot about them He is now a tenured prof at Northwestern after having to spend 4 years at a minor university in England to get established the only job open to him after his doctorate , and she is on the faculty as well Still, she honestly talks about how they are about to take on additional debt for their son s college, and yet they are still paying off their own and she figures theirs alone may take them to age 70 She is also open about her shortcomings as a youth alcohol poisoning, being barred from one of Boston s most important music venues I will make some of the recipes, and reading this got me to stop off at Natural Grocers and pick up a few of the vegetarian ingredients she uses Loved the chapter on her grandmother and biscuits And glad that youngest son Henry also got some time, finally, about 2 3rds of the way through the book Yeah, it is a book about her as Rock Mom and Mom Adult Parent Mom Oh, and my heart did hurtthan a bit for her, when she found that the cookbook for her favorite vegetarian restaurant, in Athens GA, had blurbs from Strohm and Hatfield, but she had not been asked BTW, according to Wikipedia, her real last name is Boner Her brother, Zirque Thanks mom is a bassist, living in Sedona, AZ, and his last name is now Bonner A fun, easy read I loved the parts about cooking with her son, financial career matters, rock tours with some of my favorite musicians, and being a parent I burned through it in 2 nights and stayed up late the 2nd night to finish it something I don t do as often as I used to With the recipes at the end of each chapter, which you can browse through, this was an enjoyable read, that went quickly Looking forward to her next title collection of the short stories she wrote In the meantime, go listen to some Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life, and Vulgar Boatmen One of my students gave me this book when he found out I liked the Blake Babies Freda Love Smith was the drummer What a great giftmusic, food, trying to figure out how to find your way in the world A memoir right up my alley Fred Love Smith was the drummer for the Blake Babies and others, and here she writes about motherhood and cooking, with brief sketches of her life in music The recipes look good she includes vegan and non vegan , and the overall tone of the book is amiable and wholesome.