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Cinderella's Big Score

Women of the Punk and Indie Underground

Raha, Maria

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Cinderella's Big Score celebrates the contributions of punk's oft-overlooked female artists, explores the latent-and not so latent-sexism of indie rock (so often thought of as the hallowed ground of progressive movements), and tells the story of how these women created spaces for themselves in a sometimes limited or exclusionary environment. The indie music world is littered with females who have not only withstood the racket of punk's intolerance, but have twisted our societal notions of femininity in knots. Raha focuses on the United States and England in the 70s and 80s, and illuminates how the seminal women of this time shaped the female rockers of the 90s and today. Groups profiled range from The Runaways, The Slits, and The Plasmatics to L7, Sleater-Kinney, and Le Tigre. The book includes women not often featured in "women in rock" titles, such as Exene Cervenka of X, Eve Libertine and Joy de Vivre of Crass, and Poison Ivy Rorschach of the Cramps. Includes rare interviews and more than forty B&W photos.
Publisher: Emeryville, CA : Seal Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781580051163
1580051162
Branch Call Number: 781.66 R147c 2005
Characteristics: xx, 343 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,23 cm

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Cinderella's Big Score celebrates the contributions of punk's oft-overlooked female artists, explores the latent--and not so latent--sexism of indie rock, and tells the story of how these women created spaces for themselves in a sometimes limited or exclusionary environment.


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Aug 18, 2013
  • BrLoSt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I grew up in the 90s mostly (graduated in 1996) so riotgrrl was pretty big for me when I was in high school. I really enjoyed this book. Finally something for the girls in the scene. A very decent homage. I appreciate the author's view and thought it was well-researched and written. I am baffled by the present-day music industry and 80% (at least) of what passes for 'music' in 2013. So it was nice to take a trip down memory lane, and reach back even further and get a glimpse into the periods of punk and rock where women didn't have much of a voice, the political events of the time and how they shaped feminist thought and culture. It was also nice to get a glimpse of the women in the scene that I've heard of but never really knew much about (Siouxie, The Raincoats, Exene Cervenka, to name a few). There was a lot of stuff in here I had no idea about, a lot of overlooked cutting-edge female acts and female performers. All in all an entertaining and informative read.

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