Were you a misfit who followed your dreams to New York City back in the twentieth century when Manhattan rents were cheap and crime and creativity were rampant? Maybe you just imagined what it would be like. Based on her memoir, Girl To City follows singer-songwriter Amy Rigby's progression from Elton John fan in the Pittsburgh suburbs to late 70's Manhattan art student; from punk show habitué to fledgling musician to cult artist who caused a sensation with her album Diary Of A Mod Housewife. Each Wednesday, Amy will read a chapter and throw in some music and stories that didn't make it into the book.
20. Diary Of A Mod Housewife/Epilogue
August, 1996. The month everything went right.My first solo album. Modern dermatology. A kid who quotes Homer Simpson. The slow realization that the road goes on forever...Songs in this episode:Twenty Questions - Diary Of A Mod HousewifeDon't Know...
19. Welcome To L.A.
1996. New York and Los Angeles. Letting go and finally getting somewhere...Songs in this episode:You're Getting Old - mid-90s demo, A One Way Ticket To My LifeDown Side Of Love - Diary Of A Mod HousewifeTime For Me To Come Down - Diary Of A Mod Housewife
18. Temp Of The Month
Breaking up is hard to do. The beginnings of Diary Of A Mod Housewife. Temp jobs and uncomfortable elevator encounters.Songs included in this episode:When A Piece Of The Sky Falls - early 90s demo A One Way Ticket To My LifeAlways With Me - From the...
17. You'll Be A Woman Soon
The magic of three; life as a rock mom and the loud majesty of Urge Overkill and Big Muff distortion pedals...Songs in this episode:Down At The Texaco - early unreleased Shams demoAlmost Had Me Convinced - early 90s demo, A One Way Ticket To My LifeThat...
16. Outside Looking In
Moving to Williamsburg, back when Brooklyn was...Brooklyn. A day job at Tudor City. The Shams make an album, and a video.Songs in this episode:All I Want original demo - A One Way Ticket To My LifeFarmer's Daughter - Shams rehearsal tape Dec....
15. Only A Dream
Adjusting to life post-October 1988. Harmonies and laughs with baby Hazel and the Shams; touring with the Indigo Girls, and an introduction to that sleepy backwater on the other side of the East River: Williamsburg, Brooklyn.Songs in this episode:Beauty...
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Girl to City
I listened to this at any point I had some downtime. Absolutely loved Amy’s story and honestly. So refreshing and inthralling. Thank you Amy for sharing your story.
A great read read by Rigby herself! The musical interlude’s are particularly wonderful enhancing an engaging narrative of musical/personal discovery. Now how can I get my hands on some of those Shams recordings?
Amy Rigby is a brilliant and humane writer
I just wanted to say these podcasts have gotten me through many long walks and tough times during the pandemic. Like her music, there’s something disarming and powerful about her writing. I didn’t realize that she was a part of the Shams. She also documents a part of both Pittsburgh and downtown New York in the 80’s. There are a lot of memories and stories that are worth reliving, and she has a simple way of storytelling that is completely disarming.