Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia) Talks with Questlove (the Roots) for the Talkhouse Music Podcast

These two noted musician-authors might come from different backgrounds and make different kinds of music, but they have a lot in common.

Sleater-Kinney singer-guitarist and Portlandia co-star Carrie Brownstein has published a critically acclaimed memoir, the candid, moving and eloquent Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. And to kick off her book tour, she sat down and had a great conversation with another acclaimed musician-author, the Roots’ Questlove, on October 27th, 2015 at St. Vitus, the beloved metal bar in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.

The event was produced by the very cool WORD bookstore mini-chain, with stores in Greenpoint and Jersey City. WORD gave the Talkhouse permission to record and air the conversation — thanks, WORD!

Carrie and Questlove might come from different backgrounds and make different kinds of music, but from reading each other’s books, they realized they have a whole lot of things in common, as you’re about to hear.

Carrie Brownstein writes and stars in the Emmy-nominated, Peabody- and WGA Award-winning television show Portlandia. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, the Believer, Vanity Fair and numerous book anthologies on music and culture. Brownstein was also a member of the band Sleater-Kinney. Her memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, is out now. Follow her on Twitter here.


Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and member of the Roots, Questlove is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the musical director of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. This four-time Grammy Award-winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. His latest endeavors include scoring Chris Rock’s film Top Five, co-executive producing the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton and writing a new book, somethingtofoodabout, to be published in April 2016. He will also serve as the executive music producer and composer for the A&E miniseries Roots. Follow Questlove on Twitter and Instagram.

(Photo credit: Laura S. Marshall)