UNTYPICAL GIRLS – STYLES AND SOUNDS OF THE TRANSATLANTIC INDIE REVOLUTION BY SAM KNEESKU: AC-BK157
It’s 1977 and Sex Pistols have just pissed off about every single powerful musical figurehead, Pink Floyd adorned the skyline over Battersea with a forty-foot inflatable pig and Rod Stewart really didn’t want to talk about it. Men ruled the musical school and it’s inevitably stayed that way ever since. However, during the same year a radicalisation of the music scene started.
The Slits presented themselves as the un-Typical Girls, Siouxsie and the Banshees had made their So It Goes debut and the Raincoats had transformed into an all-female line-up. A revolution had officially begun: out of the punk and post-punk scenes, energised by the same fury as their male counterparts, women were defiantly making their mark in music.
Sam Knee, in his book Untypical Girls, charts the journey of ferocious feminism in music from its origins in punk to its apex in the ‘90s with the Riot Grrrl movement. With intimate and unseen images of Dolly Mixture, Bikini Kill, Kim Gordon, Courtney Love, Viv Albertine and Lydia Lunch, and interviews aplenty, the book captures perfectly the sound, attitude and style of a group of women that changed the course of music forever. With a foreword from Julie Cafritz of Pussy Galore, the book proves feminism is not bound to the past, but is also importantly part of the future.
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