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Cinderella's Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground (Live Girls) [Paperback]

Maria Raha
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31 Dec 2004 Live Girls
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 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 women 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. Rare interviews and more than forty black-and-white photographs are included in this tribute to the transgressive women of the underground music scene.

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (31 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580051162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051163
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 15.3 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maria Raha works for Spin and Vibe magazines, and has written for Time Out New York, and Bitch. She lives in New York City. Kim Gordon is the bass player and vocalist of Sonic Youth. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting, enthusiastic read 17 Sep 2007
This book is absolutely brilliant. I wrote my dissertation on women in punk and this book provided so many great perspectives. Raha is a music journalist and a genuine fan and thats what makes this book so great, she knows her stuff from a research point of view but she's also so passionate about the subject and this makes the book really captivating and exciting to read.
Raha goes right through from the 70's (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Patti Smith) to british punk (siouxsie, the raincoats, the slits etc) to the 80's (Lydia Lunch, Kim Gordon) to riot grrl (bikini kill, bratmobile, L7, etc) and right up to acts like PJ Harvey, Hole and Peaches. She introduced me to a couple of bands I had never heard of too.
The book documents the rise and fall of all the bands mentioned, how they influenced the music scene and what they meant to their fans.
And if I was nit-picking my only critisism would be that Raha used Jon Savages 'Englands Dreaming' as almost the sole source of information on british punk, so from a research point of view some might be better off reading Savages book if this is their point of interest.
But otherwise this book is excellent, a tribute to the women of the punk and indie undergrounds who inspired generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. 8 Aug 2006
This book is wicked. Being dyslexic i find it hard to read long chapters that waffle on, but theres just 3 or 4 pages on each lady, which pretty much describes how they got into music, what happened during their music career etc.

Also, being a girl in a band full of boys, this book was really inspiring to read, especially as it told the stories from a girls' point of view.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy research! 25 Dec 2008
By Jenny Lens - Published on Amazon.com
I contributed photos to this piece of poorly researched crock of smelly crap. I could barely stomach the first chapters because I read so many inaccuracies, whether about Blondie, Runaways, Go-Go's, X and others. The author had access to people like myself, who know the dates, quotes, locations, etc. She lifted text from other books, which were not correct either. Terrible research! How can anyone pay any attention to something which has easy to verify mistakes? Horrible horrible horrible. I wrote the author, who said she had researchers. Well, they didn't do their job! Total disrespect for the women she purports to admire. HYPOCRITE.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment. 1 July 2009
By X. Chren - Published on Amazon.com
I was very excited upon finding this book. "At last, a book for all the women in punk I've admired!" I thought. Though the author does a fine job in her selection of women for the book, the writing is mediocre, to say the least.

The book could have been an interesting dissertation into what it's like to be a minority in an alternative scene. However, the chapters lack any reference to movements within specific time periods. There is no analysis of what the women have done for the punk scene in terms of musicianship and effects of lyrical content; instead, Raha writes as if she is a starstruck fan, only able to spew praise and nothing but.

The author should have thought out a better approach towards writing about an impressive list of women in a scene that already has a roster of many underdeveloped and underwritten books to its name. However, the style of Raha's writing and her lack of insight makes the book ultimately fall under said category.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars more like maria's big disappointment 6 Nov 2010
By j. reinhold, esq - Published on Amazon.com
as a huge fan of great rock books like Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 and Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (An Evergreen book) i was pretty excited to discover this book--i believe through amazon recommendations. as great as those books are, and they are two of the best, i always felt that the signifigant women of the american music underground and international punk scene are reduced to short mentions, mostly in relation to people with whom they were sleeping. sure exene cervenka and hellen killer get worthy and thoughful mentions in We Got the Neutron Bomb : The Untold Story of L.A. Punk, but with 'cinderella's big score' there was finally an entire book dedicated to all the great female rockers of the lastforty years or so, right?

hell. no. this is a cursory glance at a scattershot selection of musicians and bands. it's almost painfully simple and the terse writing style suggests someone with the bare minimum of skills. i often felt like i was reading some angsty teenager's soppy journal entries and remedial english class essays on her favorite bands. phrases like "abortive" and "s**theap" spring to mind.

it's a fantastic idea for a book. in fact there are so many bands covered in this book it's an amazing idea for two or three or four books, which if handled by a competent author would be phenomenal reads. and i think that's one of the biggest problems: raha was so excited about this project that she seems to have tried to shoe-horn in every band that fit the mold, but mid project realized what a herculean task she'd undertaken and half-assed it the rest of the way. honestly i learned more about these bands by reading their all music guide entries than the helplessly compiled drivel in this trainwreck of a book. also, no thank you for sullying the title of an excellent sonic youth title.

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good 23 Jan 2007
By Avid Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Raha's book is pretty good but has some flaws nevertheless. The author seems to be too harsh on non-indie musicians, as if nothing of any worth has ever come from any of them.

Also, she seems to be trying to write objectively, but her opinions and tastes come through in her writing sometimes. Just as an example, she doesn't seem to be too fond of Bikini Kill's music(maybe that's just my impression but she seems to feel the need to justify their technical flaws, despite the fact that they weren't any worse than many bands in this book, let alone in punk in general, and the fact that technical aptitude is far from being extremely important in punk. There seem to be some omissions as well, among them neglecting to mention how Mia Zapata of the Gits died and how it affected the community. Still, if that's in order to concentrate on her life instead of her death, then omitting the information was a good decision.

Despite all its flaws, the book is very informative and serves as a great testament to some of the amazing punk/indie women of the past and present, who, despite their talents, efforts(in many cases both musical and activist) and influence, constantly get overlooked in most punk/indie chronicles.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to punk rock's female artists 4 July 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Readers interested in punk rock music in general and women's contributions to the genre in particular will relish Cinderella's Big Score: Women Of The Punk And Indie Underground, a tribute to punk rock's female artists. Maria Raha works for Spin and Vibe magazines: her focus on the U.S. and English punk rockers of the 1970s and 80s details how women influenced groups of the times, and beyond. Recording history influence and background blends with details on the lives and contributions of major female musicians and groups.
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