Getting Girly: Liz Phair Makes a Pop Play

At 36, Liz Phair has a long creative life ahead of her. But she already knows at least three words that will appear in the first paragraph of her obituary: Exile in Guyville. The 1993 album was the definitive feminist-indie-rock manifesto and one of the most influential discs of the '90s. On classics like Flower, Phair used her low, wry voice to bridge Gloria Steinem and Candace Bushnell and capture the dynamics of being a thinking woman who likes sex. Guyville didn't sell much, but it cleared an airstrip for everyone from Alanis Morissette to Lauryn Hill and created a Phair...

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