Elizabeth Clark Phair is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and actress.
On this special live episode of Family Secrets, recorded in Los Angeles in January, Dani sits down with indie rock icon Liz Phair to talk about the stories we choose to tell ourselves—and how the act of writing can lead to a deeper, more nuanced understanding of both our pasts and the people we’ve become. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Liz Phair introduced herself to the music industry in the 1990s with her bold first record Exile in Guyville. Rock and roll was traditionally dominated by men, but Liz forged her own path to success despite the loneliness it entailed. She used her art to express her feelings about sexuality, gender, and politics. As she says, “I had a sense that if I wanted to make my artistic dreams comes true, I was going to be on my own. I knew I would be going against the grain.”To this day, Liz unapologetically speaks her mind, and with the recent release of her memoir Horror Stories, we get a glimpse of the human being behind the art and the experiences that shaped her. Her remedy for the hopelessness she felt after the 2016 election was to write a brutally honest account of her life. “I decided to put something out that was as true as I could make it. I could expose myself and make myself truly vulnerable in order to plant a flag for honesty.”Liz joins Off Camera to talk about rebelling against the “beautiful lie” that was her suburban upbringing, her quest to untangle who she actually is versus the person she is perceived to be, and why getting up on stage never gets any easier.
The musician on her "run and gun" days in the early '90s, and the two affairs that shaped her adult life. Sign up for our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and every Wednesday we'll send you podcast listening recommendations, listener letters from our inbox and updates from the show. Follow our show on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @deathsexmoney. Got a story to share? Email us any time at deathsexmoney@wnyc.org.  Support Death, Sex & Money today at deathsexmoney.org/donate.
Liz Phair returns to the scene with not just her first new music in nearly a decade, but with an autobiography in tow as well. Phair spoke with Kyle Meredith about collecting the memories that make up Horror Stories, and how its follow up, the yet-to-be completed Fairy Tales, focuses on the darker and lighter sides of her past. She also discusses how the 2016 election and Prince's death helped kickstart the ideas and process. From there, we get to hear about her comeback single, "Good Side", returning to work with Exile in Guyville producer Brad Wood, and what to expect from the rest of the album, which Liz tells us will be a "stranger, much more experimental, deeper and twistier journey." For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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Apr 17th, 1967
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5 hours, 34 minutes