I am thirteen years old. We are approaching the end of 1999 and to celebrate the imminent end of the world, I have bought a sequinned pale blue top from Tammy and painted my nails for the first time, in silver. I feel very grown up, and I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do with my life – I’m going to “be a famous musician”.
Based on interviews conducted with female and non-binary practitioners across the music industry, A Beautiful Way to be Crazy is a tale of growing up and finding a voice. Weaving together spoken word and music, award-winning poet Genevieve Carver and her live band (Tim Knowles, Brian Bestall and Ruth Nicholson) explore what it means to be a girl in the business of music – with a little help from Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Delia Derbyshire.