hoping to read about smoking all that dope with Evan Dando!
By Blurt Staff
Juliana Hatfield has unveiled details of her
upcoming memoir, entitled When I Grow Up, slated to be published by John
Wiley & Sons on September 29th. The book follows the renowned
singer/songwriter’s much-anticipated new album, How to Walk Away, due
from Hatfield’s own Ye Olde Records on August 19th.
At turns wryly funny and heartbreakingly
sincere, When I Grow Up offers Hatfield’s inimitable perspective on her
remarkable 20-year career. Penned during her recent year-long sabbatical
from music, the book chronicles her extraordinary journey, from her teenage
beginnings in the pioneering indie-rock combo, Blake Babies, and iconic rise to
alternative solo stardom, to the past decade’s stunning streak of increasingly
mature, critically acclaimed albums.
When I Grow Up takes readers backstage and behind the
scenes of a life lived in rock ‘n’ roll, detailing the origin of her songs, her
battles with clinical depression, and her quest to find purpose after all of
her dreams had seemingly come true. Throughout the book, Hatfield recounts her
skyscraping highs and deep, dark lows in the same engaging voice her fans have
loved for years – spirited, witty, and always candid.
Penning When I Grow Up led to a burst of
creative energy that also spawned Hatfield’s 10th solo album, How To Walk
Away. Produced by Andy Chase (of revered alt-rock/pop band Ivy), the
album is among her best to date, featuring songs that are both layered and
unhurried, bittersweet yet life-affirming. Hatfield is joined on the
album by a number of friends made along the way, including Richard Butler
(Psychedelic Furs), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne),
and Tracy Bonham.
“Shining On,” a key track on How To
Walk Away, is currently streaming at Hatfield’s MySpace page, located at
www.myspace.com/julianahatfield. In addition, her blog sees her
writing about songs selected by fans from her sizable repertoire.
“Read it at your own risk,” Hatfield warns. “Illusions may
Hatfield recently contributed “Back To
Freedom,” an exclusive track recorded during the How To Walk Away sessions, to the Green Owl Compilation: A Benefit For the Energy Action
Coalition. You can read about that
CD on the BLURT site HERE.
And check out our
exclusive Hatfield interview in the current June digital magazine issue of