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The Importance of Music to Girls tells the story of the adventures that music leads us into - getting drunk, falling in love, cutting our hair, wanting to change the world - as well as the darker side of the adolescent years: loneliness, bullying, getting arrested. From bubble-gum pop to classical pia to punk rock, music is at first the key to being a girl and then the means of escape from all that. It is a way to talk to boys and a way to do without them.Lavinia Greenlaw records the importance of music in her life, from dancing on her father's shoes as a child to discovering her parents' records, buying her own, going to concerts and singing in the streets. The personal - her school reports and diary entries, and the girl behind them - is everywhere touched by the music that compelled her generation. Fancying Donny Osmond and his shiny teeth, disco dancing in four-inch wedge heels, wanting to be Joy Division's Ian Curtis - this is a beautiful, razor-sharp remembrance of childhood and adolescence, filtered through the medium of music.
Lavinia Greenlaw's most recent collection of poetry, Minsk, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Forward Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Mary George of Allnorthover, her first novel, was published in 2001 to wide critical acclaim. Her second, An Irresponsible Age, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as a 'funny, moving and wholly involving account of people struggling belatedly to grow up and take charge of their lives'. She has also written opera libretti, songs and radio plays. She lives in London.