by Kevin Allman
Kristin Hersh is in Europe at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to promote her memoir Paradoxical Undressing, and gave an interview to the UK newspaper The Guardian which resulted in a rather tabloid-ish headline. Does the sometime-New Orleanian really "hate music"? Let's check the story and see:
There's a line in the book, spoken by Hersh's stepsister and Throwing Muses bandmate Tanya Donelly. Kristin, she says, doesn't even like music.
Hersh grins. "Yeah, I hate music. Everyone knows that about me. Even my kids hate music. When they're watching a kids' show on TV, as soon as a song comes on, the TV is muted." She reconsiders. "Maybe hate is the wrong word. We can't bear it. The intensity of good music is too much to bear. And bad music is so offensive that that's also too much to bear. I'm in heaven when it's good, but that doesn't happen very often. And anyway, you don't want to be crying over the breakfast table. I don't want that life."
Well, that's better — considering her website calendar has her in a Los Angeles recording studio next month.