Happy birthday to Carrie Brownstein!
The bisexual actress, comedian, and musician turns 43-years-old today.
Carrie’s autobiography, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, was published in October of 2015 (x).
Carrie Rachel Brownstein was born
on September 27, 1974 in Seattle, Washington but was raised in the town of
Redmond, Washington. She was born into a middle-class Jewish family and after
her parents divorced when she was 14, Carrie was raised by her father. She
began playing guitar at the age of 15 and received lessons from the legendary
Jeremy Enigk. She would go on to attend college at Evergreen State College and
receive her degree in sociolinguists.
It was while attending Evergreen
State College that Carrie met her eventual bandmates and fellow riot grrrls, Corin Tucker, Kathleen Hanna, Tobi
Vail, and Becca Albee. Soon, the band Excuse 17 was formed and Carrie began to rise
to the top of the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s. She and Corin started the
band Sleater-Kinney as a side project at first, but by 1996, Janet Weiss had
joined the band and Sleater-Kinney was catapulting Carrie to music icon status.
After initially going on hiatus in 2006, Sleater-Kinney released a comeback album in 2015
and today the band has released 10 albums. In 2011, Carrie burst onto the
mainstream media radar with her sketch comedy show Portlandia whose 8th series is to debut in 2018.
Carrie Brownstein with her Sleater-Kinney bandmates Janet Weiss and Corin Tucker photographed backstage at The Fillmore in San Francisco, September 23rd, 2002 (x).
Carrie was horrifically outed to
her family by an article in Spin Magazine during her Sleater-Kinney days which discussed her romantic relationship with her band mate Corin Tucker. She
would later say, “The ground was pulled out from underneath me… my dad did
not know that Corin and I had ever dated, or that I even dated girls.“ In
an interview released in 2010, she publicly identified herself as bisexual by
saying “It’s weird, because no one’s actually ever asked me. People just always
assume, like, you’re this or that. It’s like, ‘OK. I’m bisexual. Just ask.”