Jen B Larson's 'Hit Girls' is an essential read for anyone interested in the pioneering women from the American punk scene. In fact, it's an essential read for anyone interested in American alternative music full stop.
Here are almost 100 regional bands, from the West Coast to the South, and from the Midwest to the North, populated by women who managed to destroy stereotypes while creating incredible music. Formed as a series of interviews, the woman inside tell their story - about how they set about making their music, and how their actions confronted the prevailing sexism and racism of the time (as the iconic Ann Magnuson says in her excellent forward "Move over cock rock, the power of pussy was taking centre stage!")
Among the better known bands (Jayne County, Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, The Plasmatics) are a ton of lesser known, but equally brilliant bands, that can now tell their stories. Full of wonderful black and white photos of live performances, posters and album covers - this is an essential jigsaw piece to slot into the big music puzzle.
Size: 178 x 255mm (paperback)
Publisher: Feral House