Rough Trade Books of the Year 2017 No: 8
In an industry traditionally dominated by men, women in music have often had to shout in order to be heard. Untypical Girls, the latest book by Sam Knee traces the sounds, attitudes and thrift-store looks of women who refused to be silenced.
Starting in the punk and post-punk scenes in Britain and following the journey over the Atlantic to grunge and eventually Riot Grrrl, Untypical Girls is a celebration of all things female in Independent music. Following on from The Bag I’m In and Memory of A Free Festival, Knee turns his terrier-like picture research skills to bands such as the Slits, Prim - itives, Babes in Toyland and Bratmobile; and to personalities including Viv Albertine, Courtney Love and Kim Gordon. With an introduction by Julie Cafritz of Pussy Galore this is a timely and inspirational doorstop of a book. Because the future is female... but the past was too.
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