Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, sociology professor at East Campus, has released her first novel titled, “Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos” (Scarecrow Press, 2012), which discusses the healing power of the singer-songwriter’s music.
Adrienne provides some background about the novel on her website:
“Based off of my research on female fans of Tori Amos, ‘Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman’ addresses not only the devoted fan culture surrounding Tori Amos’ music, but also the empowerment, enlightenment and activism Tori’s music inspires.”
She also discussed the inspiration behind the book – the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting – with Orlando Sentinel entertainment columnist, Jim Abbot, who wrote a feature article about the novel last month. She shared with readers that at the time of the tragedy, she was a student at the university and only weeks away from completing her master’s degree. Adrienne then moved to Michigan a short time later and explained that she did not have time to grieve with the Virginia Tech community. The article revealed that while she was still trying to cope with the aftermath from the tragedy, she listened to Tori Amos’ music to help her work through the pain.
“I had about a month of experiencing that sense of loss with people who also had experienced it, and then I was yanked out of there,” she says. “I was looking for some way to help me deal with this big sense of loss.”
The book aims to look at pop-culture and gender, a topic Adrienne has invested her time in through research and activism. You can read more about her perspective via her Facebook page: Pop Culture Feminism.
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