Tegan And Sara Find Pain — And Unexpected Joy — In 'High School'
High school was a tumultuous time for Canadian identical twins Tegan and Sara Quin. They both, separately, were coming to terms with their sexuality — and they were also beginning to write and record songs together. "Almost right away, we started to weave our voices together. That was something that we had an instinct to do," Tegan says. ![Identical twins Sara (left) and Tegan Quin began making music together as teenagers](https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/09/23/teganandsara-author-1-1-1-_wide-d8749e2c551ca4909da9102a8fc5e015670a3314-s1500-c85.jpg) The music Tegan and Sara made in those early years helped jump-start their career. In 1998, when were 18, they signed a contract with PolyGram Records, which eventually led to a tour with Neil Young. They've since won awards for their music, including three Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy. Now, the sisters revisit their early years with the memoir High School, along with the companion record, Hey, I'm Just Like You. The new record features songs they wrote as teenagers — but re-recorded as adults. Sara was initially reluctant to listen to the songs they recorded in high school. "I was afraid that I would hear something that I would be embarrassed by or ashamed of," she says.
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