Intro from Jay Allison: Jen Trynin is a rock star. Sort of. Almost. In "K-Rock Lives," she tells about her flirtations with fame, her strategic errors, and her adventures in bad-ass commercial rock radio studios too early in the morning. It’s radio about radio, words about music with music amid the words. Jen came to Transom (via our friend Jonathan Katz) because she’s interested in words and music. In fact, she organizes a Boston music/reading event called Earfull where writers have to take turns reading stories on the same stage with rockers playing energetically and somehow hold everyone’s attention. In a bar. It’s an even tougher crowd than you Internet streaming audio types. This piece was recorded on a very nice vintage Neumann microphone in the excellent studios of QDivision, and mixed by me on one of the humble Transom ProTools workstations.
Notes From Jen Trynin
I’ve been working, on and off, for the past three years on a book about my experiences in the music business. I’m going to call it “Everything I’m Cracked Up to Be” or “How to Fail in the Music Business and Still Walk Away with a Million Dollars” or “Sleeping My Way to the Top (and I Do Mean Sleeping).”
It was 1994, the days of Pearl Jam and Nirvana, used corduroys, and T-shirts with strange logos. It was post-Liz Phair, mid-Courtney Love, and just shy of Alanis Morissette. After seven long years of slogging it out in the Boston music scene, I suddenly became the object of one of the most heated major label bidding wars of the year. One day I was playing opening slots at local clubs; the next I was “taking meetings” with the heads of every major label I’d ever heard of. One minute I was a waitressing-desktop-publisher, dropping knives and deleting commas; the next I was signed to Warner Bros. Records, on the radio, on TV, in Rolling Stone, and on the cover of Billboard magazine. My future was set, they told me. I was about to become a big star. But that didn’t happen.
The book I’m working on is the story of what did happen during my brief life in the music business: my success and subsequent failure, and why I left after three short years. This isn’t a music biz “kiss-and-tell” book. It’s just a story about a girl who got what she asked for.
What you’re hearing here on Transom is an edited excerpt from my story.
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