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Alanis Morissette

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Publisher's Summary

"I'm the consistent person throughout all of this, whether I'm wearing sweatpants or whether I'm on stage in front of thousands of people with glitter on - same person, just tapping in to different aspects.” (Alanis Morissette) 

A down-to-earth global pop star. A deeply spiritual, cerebral powerhouse. A famously outspoken introvert. For her millions of fans, and the few unacquainted, defining rock luminary Alanis Morissette is an exercise in dichotomies and nuance. And though her most formidable traits are seemingly at odds with one another, they are, oddly enough, completely emblematic of all of us: complex, conflicting, and, most importantly, ever evolving. 

But here’s the rub: We don’t like our pop stars that way! Especially when they’re 21, and female, and it’s still the mid-'90s. In her courageously raw and musically rich Words + Music, the inimitable Alanis Morissette draws us right into that central supposed paradox as she opens up about the lifelong process of discovering that her voice is, in fact, composed of a multitude of voices. And despite external forces teaching her to sublimate certain ones as a child (anger, sadness, fear) and later, cultural forces demanding she oughta stick to one as a persona, Alanis has come out on the other side with a sense of peace and gratitude for her - only human - chorus of coexisting internal voices. 

With her striking command of language and profound emotional fluency, the now 46-year-old covers an enormous amount of personal ground with listeners, unpacking a lifetime of conscious self-discovery in an evocative rumination on her journey as an artist, celebrity, and woman. Listen closely as Alanis weaves her fascinating, funny, at times painful autobiographical story between eight of her most anthemic/kick-ass tracks. If you’re looking for Alanis to perform enthralling new versions of songs like “You Oughta Know”, “Ironic”, “Thank U”, or “Hand in My Pocket”, matched with compelling detail about the tunes and her creative process - well, you’re in the right place. And if you’re looking for Alanis to delve even deeper: to mine, examine, and ultimately make sense of seminal moments in her life as a means to inspire and enlighten your own? Grab your earbuds - you’ll be vastly rewarded!

By the end of her captivating session an impressive truth emerges: While most of us do soul search, only the rarest among us have the courage and discipline to actually cultivate what we discover. Alanis Morissette is such an example, willing to constantly listen to herself and respond in kind. After shaking up the world 25 years ago with Jagged Little Pill, hear her today as she continues to reach new heights - this time by revealing the range of her own humanity to help connect us with ours.

©2020 Alanis Morissette (P)2020 Audible Originals LLC

About the Creator and Performer

Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise and seven Grammy Awards. Morissette’s 1995 debut, Jagged Little Pill, was followed by nine more eclectic and acclaimed albums. She has contributed musically to theatrical releases and has acted on the big and small screen. Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment, as well as spiritual, psychological, and physical wellness. In 2016, Alanis launched Conversation with Alanis Morissette, a monthly podcast that features conversations with a variety of revered authors, doctors, educators, and therapists, covering a wide range of psychosocial topics extending from spirituality to developmentalism to art. On December 5, 2019, Jagged Little Pill, the musical, made its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. Most recently, Alanis released her ninth studio album, Such Pretty Forks In The Road. For more information see www.alanis.com.

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A short visit with a busy artist.

This is a very short peice that might have been better suited for a Netflix 1 hour special. Her voice is very expressive and I would have liked to also have seen her face as she talked. The number of people mentioned in the credits is surprisingly large.

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I’m Here, to say we need more

This was such a cool thing to listen to. I loved hearing Alanis talk about her past, her current thoughts about life, music, systemic issues within the music business, and her meeting her partner. I also really enjoyed her performances. I wish it was 10 hours longer but I’m not complaining about what we did get. I’m so happy she’s performed Smiling, my favourite song from her newest record, Such Pretty Forks In The Road.

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Révélateur

J’adore entendre l’histoire avec sa voix à travers les chansons. Son voyage à travers sa vie. Quelle belle personne mais surtout belle découverte. Je l’aime encore plus que je l’aimais.

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I recognized all these songs!

I'm not into contemporary music, but I am into audiobooks, so I downloaded this. The autobiographical segments interspersed with musical tracks was very entertaining.

I said I wasn't into contemporary music, but I recognized all of these songs, and not just the tunes.

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Thank you for sharing--Loved this ❤️

Listened to this while hiking. Always loved your music. Thank you for sharing ❤️

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Being real

Thoroughly enjoyed the short picture of time of her life. She is well spoken and gives the listener an opportunity to see her as a person.

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Relaxing listen.

Great to hear her speak in her own words, and her play some songs. 🖤🖤🖤

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Fantastic!

A bit of music and a lot of intimacy.
She certainly broke the mold, and made this autobiography hers. (Not long, winded, or boring)

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Loved it

Loved hearing her story in her own words. Loved the live acoustic performances. Wish it was longer!

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love this series

this isnþhe third in the series that I've listened to and they have been very interesting. I look forward to listening to more

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