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Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits Paperback – 6 Jul 2009
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an interesting and insightful book. --Rock Sound
Wild, defiant and startlingly inventive, The Slits were ahead of their time. Although they created some unique hybrids - dub reggae and pop-punk, African rhythms, funk and free jazz - they were dismissed as being unable to play. Their lyrics were witty and perceptive while their influential first album challenged perceptions of punk and of girl bands - but they were still misunderstood. And that infamous debut album cover, with the band appearing topless and mud-daubed, prompted further misreadings of the first ladies of punk. Author ZoA' Street Howe speaks to The Slits themselves, to former manager Don Letts, mentor and PIL guitarist Phil Levene and many other friends and colleagues to discover exactly how The Slits phenomenon came about and to celebrate the legacy of a seminal band long overdue its rightful acclaim. Too long seen as a note in the margin of the history of rock, The Slits at last get a fair hearing in this revealing biography.See all Product description
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Well researched..and for someone who lost the slits plot after "Cut"..very informative. I did make a "Return to the Giant Slits" a few years ago as I felt I should investigate what I had missed.
I just love books like this..they make me want to immerse myself in the music I'm reading about. Then I want to dip into some of the stuff I have tucked away that maybe took influences from them ...like Kleenex/Liliput...Heidis Head/You etc. It's interesting how much influence these ladies had on artists even today..he author references Lily Allen(Viv dress style)..and the Bjork/Ari vocal styles
I would say sympathetically written..and some great pictures..as they were such colourful characters. Fast forward`your Jubilee DVD to the car trashing scene and put the Peel versions of Shoplifting and Vindictive on really loud!! I saw them at their loudest and snottiest on a Clash tour..it kind of left an impression on me!!!!
When is that book about Adam and The Ants going to be written???
Viv Albertines' autobiography is much better! This is basically a list of the band's gigs. The use of the word MAGICAL is used to describe the band's music so many times i dozed off.
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good addition to my bookshelf