Musician Kristin Hersh began her musical career at fourteen, formed the band Throwing Muses with her stepsister Tanya Donelly while in college, founded the nonprofit Coalition of Artists and Stakeholders in 2007, and now performs as part of 50FOOTWAVE and also as an acoustic solo act. Her powerful autobiography, Rat Girl: A Memoir (Penguin), tells the story of a pivotal year (1985) during which her band was signed to a major label, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and found that she was pregnant. "Hersh's memoir is the book a fan didn't dare hope for: a beacon in a dark field, illuminating the mysterious and the mundane. Beautifully, honestly written and as close as you will ever get to being in a Throwing Muses song." - Wesley Stace. Free downloads of Throwing Muses performing songs from Rat Girl are available at www.kristinhersh.com.