Petal Pusher: Rock and Roll CinderellStory


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Washington Square Press
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5.35 X 8.24 X 0.84 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

Laurie Lindeen holds an MFA in creative writing. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone's anthology Altarockorama and the online magazine The Morning News. She lives with her husband, Paul Westerberg, and their son in Minnesota. Visit her online at


"Laurie Lindeen writes the same way Zuzu's Petals used to rock: With authentic detail, endearing sincerity, and the innate ability to reflect a certain place at a certain time (with a voice that belongs only to her)." -- Chuck Klosterman, author of Fargo Rock City
"Petal Pusher is so personal and true, like the best music and the best writing. Laurie Lindeen is the rarest combination of both -- an author who knows how to put her musical soul on every page of this wonderful book. It's a road trip, a diary, and a beautiful dance through the elixir-filled rooms where music is made, greatness is courted . . . and finally found in the quiet perfection of Lindeen's own life." -- Cameron Crowe
"Laurie Lindeen has deftly swirled a whole generation's angst and idealism into a wild ride of a road book that redefines the genre. Indie rock is the landscape, but American ardor is the subject. By turns comic and bittersweet, Petal Pusher introduces a vibrant new voice that renews the abiding American longing for the big time -- finally a girl as Gatsby! But this girl doesn't die, and she doesn't lie. She gets her second chance -- and uses it. A beauty of a book." -- Patricia Hampl
"My copy of Petal Pusher has exactly two dog-eared pages, because I was so riveted that I only managed to put the book down twice (and only for necessities like food and water). The events in Petal Pusher are like some fantastic, dramatic movie -- but at the same time, every anecdote is so relatable, and the writing so intimate, that you may feel, as I did, that Laurie Lindeen has somehow read through your own journal entries and raided them for material. I love this book." -- Jane Pratt, founding editor of Sassy and Jane magazines
"Laurie Lindeen writes beautifully about both sides of the rock and roll mirror -- how it feels to be in the audience looking up and what it's like on the stage looking down. She writes with the honesty of a Who song, the humor of the Ramones, and the eye for detail of Joni Mitchell. Petal Pusher is music set to words." -- Bill Flanagan, author of A&R: A Novel and New Bedlam