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Laurie Lindeen is a former high-school cheerleader and University of Madison dropout who decided to start an all-girl punk band at 24. “I want my band to be all women because I want us girls to be in charge, to call all the shots…No boys allowed,” she writes in Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story, her hilarious and touching memoir of her life as frontwoman of Zuzu’s Petals. Just as the band came together, Lindeen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis—a fact she hid from her bandmates and which spurred her to go all-out as the band tried to make it in the late-’80s and early-’90s indie-rock scene. Personal illness aside, their timing was impeccable: Female musicians from Madonna to Courtney Love held court on MTV then, and though no glass slippers were involved, Lindeen did find her prince charming in the Replacements’ iconic vocalist, Paul Westerberg.
LINDEEN DISCUSSES AND SIGNS COPIES OF HER WORK AT 7 P.M. AT OLSSON’S, 1307 19TH ST. NW. FREE. (202) 785-1133.