Just on the shelves is Untypical Girls: Styles and Sounds of the Transatlantic Indie Revolution by Sam Knee.
We’re big fans of Sam Knee’s previous work, that being The Bag I’m in: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960 – 1990 and A Scene In Between: Fashion and Independent Music in the UK 1983-89. This one operates in similar territory – youth cults of days gone by.
This time we are looking at the women if punk, post punk and indie. 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. Bands such as the Slits, Primitives, Babes in Toyland and Bratmobile are here, as well as personalities including Viv Albertine, Courtney Love and Kim Gordon and an introduction by Julie Cafritz of Pussy Galore.
The teaser pages promise much (see more on the retailer’s site) and as it’s that time of the year, it’s likely to be perfect for many indie lovers’ Christmas stockings.
244 pages and published by Cicada in hardback, it sells for £15.35.