Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BIOGRAPHY REVIEW: The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey


Electronic and dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling shares her unconventional journey in an inspiring memoir filled with the energy, persistence, and humor that have helped her successfully pursue a passion outside the box.

A classically trained musician gone rogue, Lindsey Stirling is the epitome of independent, millennial-defined success: after being voted off the set of America’s Got Talent, she went on to amass more than ten million social media fans, record two full-length albums, release multiple hits with billions of YouTube views, and tour sold-out venues across the world.

Lindsey is not afraid to be herself. In fact, it’s her confidence and individuality that have propelled her into the spotlight. But the road hasn’t been easy. After being rejected by talent scouts, music reps, and eventually national television, Lindsey forged her own path, step by step. Here, for the first time, she shares every triumph and trial she has faced until now. Beginning in a humble yet charmed childhood, this book follows Lindsey through a humorous adolescence, to her life as a struggling musician, through her personal struggles with anorexia, and finally all the way to her success as a world-class entertainer. Lindsey’s magnetizing story is at once remarkable and universal—a testimony that there is no singular recipe for success. And a witness that, despite what people may say, sometimes it’s okay to be The Only Pirate at the Party.


One thing I like about memoirs like this one, is how human the person becomes once I see beyond the surface.  For someone who has become as famous as Lindsey Stirling, it's easy to just see the success she has achieved without seeing the struggles she wrestles with.  I think though that the thing I enjoyed the most about this book is how many times I ended up laughing while reading it.  Lindsey's shared experiences reminded me of many of my own growing up experiences, both the good and bad.  I appreciated Lindsey's willingness to share so many of her mistakes and struggles with me as a reader.  That can be a scary thing seeing how judgmental the world can be at times, but as the title of the book indicates, Lindsey's learned to be herself, despite the criticism she's received and how alone it makes her feel at times.  I also found it fascinating to here about how she got to where she is now as well as behind the scenes peeks at what it's like to be on tour, both the good and the bad. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lindsey Stirling better through this thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining read. Now I need to go check out her YouTube channel.

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