This may be our most epic chat ever. Lauren and Jen discuss their histories as fangirls: Jen was a Phunky Bitch and a Phish fan, and Lauren was a diehard “Rustie” or Neil Young fan: these were online fandom communities during the early internet era.
We were both active fans around the same time: the late 90s and early ’00s (though Jen continues to see Phish live and Lauren can’t scrape up the dough to see Neil on his new tour). We include links to tons of fantastic songs and or videos and suggest you listen to each one full-length and use puppets to pretend Jen and Lauren are actually talking to each other. And lots of air guitar, obvsly.
We discuss our respective fandom experiences and communities, the reasons we got into the music and bands we did, how our fandom impacted our relationships, and Jen has a revelation about graduate school. Then, we briefly discuss our children’s budding music fandom (for the Fresh Beat Band). You don’t want to miss this! And if you’re a Rustie or a Phunky Bitch, please comment!! We miss you!
Posted in Jen & Lauren Chat, Memoir, Mothering, Music, Pop Culture
Tagged ani difranco, concerts, fan, fan communities, fandom, fangirls, Fresh Beat Band, grad school, hippies, hipsters, jam bands, kids, kids music, live music, music, Neil Young, online communities, phish, phunky bitches, rock music, rusties, rustlist, snobbery, taste, widespread panic
So I didn’t do much (okay, any) writing last week. But I promise, I wasn’t slacking!
What I did:
1.) turned in my grades
2.) spent 2 days in professional development seminars
3.) went to my nephew’s track meet
4.) planted lime basil seeds
5.) hung out with my sister and her new baby
6.) cheered for the otters at the zoo
7.) cheered for Margeaux when she stood up for the first time
8.) bought a new round squishy ottoman so Margeaux has a safe place to stand up
9.) taught D and Lucy how to use a lint brush so they can clean the cat hair off the new ottoman
10.) chased the cat around to squirt peroxide on his gross open wounds twice a day
11.) vowed to never let the cat outside again Continue reading
Posted in Grad School Quittas, Mothering, Pop Culture, This Is Not a Lifestyle Blog, TV & Film
Tagged alligators, Beastie Boys, blogging, career, family, Fresh Beat Band, funny, home, how things work, identity, kids, MCA, motherhood, mothering, organizing, parenting, teaching, work, Writing