When I Grow Up by Juliana Hatfield is a 330-page hardcover published in 2008 by John Wiley & Sons Inc. The dust jacket has light shelf wear. Inside, there is some superficial smudging, but is otherwise in very good condition.
Ask a young girl what she wants to be when she grows up, and there's a good chance she'll say “a rock star.” Ask a rockstar what she wants to be when she grows up, and it gets a bit more complicated...
By the early 90s, singer-songwriter and former Blake Babies member Juliana Hatfield was in a position most aspiring alternative rockers only dream of: her solo career was taking off. She was on the cover of Spin and Sassy. Ben Stiller directed the video for her song Spin the Bottle from The Reality Bites film soundtrack. She was a featured guest on My So-Called Life. Then, after canceling a European tour to treat severe depression and failing to produce another “hit,” she spent a decade releasing well reviewed albums on Indie labels and performing in ever-smaller clubs. A few years ago, then in her thirties, she found herself quietly reading the New Yorker on a filthy couch in the tiny dressing room of a punk club, and ask yourself, why am I still doing this
By turns wrily funny and woundingly sincere, When I Grow Up takes readers behind the scenes of rock life as Hatfield recounts her best and worst days, the origins of her songs, the source of her woes, and her quest to find a new purpose in life.
No longer willing to play a kid's game by kids rules, Hatfield resolve to take a year off and experiment with being a civilian. No performing or song writing, and lots of everything else. When the year had gone by, rather than making her decide to pack it in and to a life of anonymous respectability, it reawakened her creative passion. She resolved to take charge of her career like a grown up and write the great songs that she knew were still in her. This newfound determination led directly to her eagerly-awaited new album athlete titled how to walk away, the most energetic, polish, and creative work of her music career.
When I Grow Up as more than a musician's memoir--it is a rich and revealing tour through an extraordinary mind. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes somber, and always insightful, it is rewarding reading not only for her fans, but for anyone who enjoys a truthful, beautifully written, real life story of success struggle and rebirth.