You Had to Be There: Three Years of Mayhem and Bad Decisions in the Portland Music Scene

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During her teenage years, author Sharon E. Cathcart dreamed of working in the music business. She lived that dream for seven years, beginning at age 18.

Unfortunately, she learned that sometimes dreams turn quickly to nightmares.

Updated for 2015, to answer the question: "where are they now?"

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Words: 25,240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452383934
About Sharon E. Cathcart

Books by award-winning internationally published author Sharon E. Cathcart provide discerning readers of essays, fiction and non-fiction with a powerful, truthful literary experience. Her primary focus is on creating fiction featuring atypical characters.

A former journalist and newspaper editor, Sharon has written for as long as she can remember and generally has at least one work in progress.

Sharon lives with her husband and an assortment of pets in the Silicon Valley, California.

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Review by: Linda Vipperman on Nov. 28, 2011 : (no rating)
I liked this book overall. I would like it to have been longer and more indept since I was traveling in the same circle as she was but from a slightly different perspective. It whet my appetite for more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gabriella West on June 18, 2011 :
I liked this book. It was a quick read and the author came across as complex--a bright girl making foolish decisions as she navigates the Portland music scene in the 1980s while holding down a steady job.

I think I would have liked to see a little bit more depth in the descriptions of her relationships. For example, there was one abusive relationship that is sort of played for laughs... although it involves an unplanned pregnancy and a broken engagement. Cathcart for sure doesn't make the alternative music scene sound exciting and sexy. But anyone who was involved with this scene, or similar ones, will surely feel nostalgic.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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