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.
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.