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"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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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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Interesting Insights

I really enjoyed hearing more of Alanis's journey in her own words and getting to hear her acoustic performances of some of her most famous hits. A must for fans!

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Great listen

Definitely recommend this for women on their journey! This Audible went way beyond Alanis’s music: Profound, raw, human! She presented her journey as she does her music; as the brilliant storyteller that she is! Beautiful ❤️ she touches on motherhood, mental health, and developing as a woman in the western patriarchal society. I loved it!

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Loved Listening to her Speak

This is more of a self interview than a book, I loved it. Alanis was a big influence in my life as a teenager and young adult, and continues to be now that I'm in my thirties. Her songs made me feel seen and heard. Listening to her talk about her journey and how she wrote was a pleasure. If anything, I wanted more of it. I wanted to know about more songs, more stories from her life, more about her pain and anger and how she healed from them. I finished the book in one sitting and it left me wanting more, which I think is a success. Thank you Alanis.

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A ride down memory lane...

Fun to hear stories behind her songs as I grew up with them. Nice to add the layer of who she is.

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It's Good for a Single Listen

I enjoyed hearing some details behind her famous songs, but nothing was truly insightful. Her singing was good, but I don't plan on giving it a second listen.

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pretty good

Enjoyed the music very much. Not a lot of story but an easy listen.

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An intimate chat

An intimate chat with the artist. Loved hearing her story in her own words, and from her perspective. She is articulate and engaging, a real treat to listen to.

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Loved the production 👏

I've always loved Alanis since Jagged Little Pill. And listening to her story and sharing those key moments in her life, while enjoying her songs has been an amazing trip. Thanks and more life this, please!

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She could tour on this!

This is an experience. Prepare for insight and beauty performed by an accomplished entertainer. Loved it.

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  • Patrick L Norwood
  • 2020-10-23

Music x Words

The sound quality for both, the narration and music, was superb. I found this storytelling format quite connective in how it allowed Alanis to truly express her own thoughts with the listener. It was a treat to hear her speak her truth. Thank you.

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  • Jodie Posen
  • 2020-10-23

Great!

Alanis is such a great storyteller-you can tell she has been doing this for years. Highly enjoyable!

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  • Amy Bishop
  • 2020-10-23

Trip down memory lane

As a child of the 90s, Alanis Morissette music was the anthem of my high school years! I’m turning 40 in a few days and this was just what I needed. She’s a genuine talent.

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  • Philip P. Laciura
  • 2020-10-25

Excellent music and story

It is always great to hear what is behind such great music. And her voice is wonderful.

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  • David Lugaro
  • 2020-10-23

I'm liking this Words +Music series

There are a number of artists that do something and it makes you wonder what was the inspiration for that thing they did. This gives you that window into the process. I found it very enlightening.

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  • minnesota mom
  • 2020-10-26

Enjoyable meditation

Terrific 1 hour meditation with life story and reflections tied in with TERRIFIC SONGS & TUNES.It was like a short personal 1 on 1 time!

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  • Lola74ny
  • 2020-10-26

Beautifully executed ...

I’ve truly enjoyed this special and how it was produced. It was so refreshing to hear the artist narrate and share her experiences while performing wonderfully haunting rendition of some of her most prolific pieces. Thank you to Alanis and the Audible team for this lovely gem!

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  • kelley taylor
  • 2020-10-25

Loved it!

A talented, open hearted, honest famed women shared her journey so far through life ,music and lyrics... Amazingly talented and evolved soul ❤🙏⚘

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  • Life With A Little Ginger
  • 2020-10-24

Perfectly Alanis!

I love hearing her stories about her life and her writing process. The songs were an awesome added bonus! 🥰

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  • Brianna Hedgepeth
  • 2020-10-27

Just beautiful.

Loved Alanis's honesty, music and journey. Awesome listening. Great to hear her story in her words.

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