Kristin Hersh

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

7 August 1966, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Hersh initially enjoyed acclaim as the lead singer of Throwing Muses, one of alternative US rock music’s most influential and enduring bands. She elected to pursue a simultaneous solo career after the parent band nearly dissolved in 1992. With her step-sister and bandmate Tanya Donelly setting out to form the commercially successful Belly, Hersh kept the name Throwing Muses but also began to write songs destined for self-accompaniment. She had already explored some disconcerting mental and psychological imagery on previous Throwing Muses albums, not least the loss of custody of her son Dylan (she now has a younger son, Ryder, five years Dylan’s junior). It had resulted in Hersh relocating to her son’s hometown of Newport, Rhode Island, where she herself grew up, sheltered from a stormy adolescence by her X and Violent Femmes records. Though her own parents were free-thinking liberals, she was equally influenced...

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