Typical Girls The Story of the Slits

Now, forty years on, author Zoë Street Howe speaks to The Slits themselves, to former manager Don Letts, mentor and PIL guitarist Phil Levene, and many others who swirled within their cosmos to discover exactly how the Slits phenomenon ...

Author: Zoë Howe

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857120158

Category: Music

Page: 217

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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 Zoë 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.

Punk Rock

TYPICAL GIRLS The Continuing Story of the Slits The Slits had made a name for
themselves in 1977 by being the ramshackle, in-your-face, inspirational all-girl
punk rock gang. A year later they were starting to make some utterly startling ...

Author: John Robb

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604860057

Category: Music

Page: 576

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Vibrant and volatile, the punk scene left an extraordinary legacy of music and cultural change, and this work talks to those who cultivated the movement, weaving together their accounts to create a raw and unprecedented oral history of punk in the United Kingdom. From the Clash, Crass, Henry Rollins, and John Lydon to the Sex Pistols, the Stranglers, and the Buzzcocks, this reference features more than 150 interviews that encapsulate the most thrilling wave of rock and roll pop culture ever seen. Ranging from its widely debated roots in the late 1960s to its enduring influence on modern bands, fashion, and culture, this history brings to life the energy and anarchy as no other book has done.

Dayglo

Dayglo! is the definitive statement on Poly Styrene as an artist.

Author: Celeste Bell

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781785586163

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 595

Poly Styrene was a singer-songwriter, an artist, a free-thinker, a post-modern style pioneer and a lifelong spiritual seeker: a true punk icon. But this rebel queen with the cheeky grin was also a latter-day pop artist with a wickedly perceptive gift for satirising the world around her - her brightly coloured, playful aesthetic sharply at odds with the stark monochrome style and nihilism of punk. Here, for the first time, the vibrant jigsaw of Poly s inspiring and often moving story has been lovingly pieced together by her daughter, singer-songwriter Celeste Bell, and writer/artist Zoë Howe (author of the acclaimed Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits, amongst many others). From growing up mixed-race in Brixton in the 1960s, to being at the forefront of the emerging punk scene with X-Ray Spex in the 1970s, to finding faith with the Hare Krishna movement, to balancing single motherhood with a solo music career and often debilitating mental health issues, the book honestly and openly explores Poly s exceptional life, up until her untimely passing in 2011. Based on interviews with those who knew and loved Poly whether personally or through music, this oral history book includes testimonies from Vivienne Westwood, Don Letts, Glen Matlock, Jonathan Ross, Neneh Cherry, The Slits Tessa Pollitt, Thurston Moore, Jon Savage, and many others. Heavily illustrated throughout including personal photographs, flyers from the punk scene and hand-drawn artwork and lyrics for X-Ray Spex and beyond the book beautifully captures Poly Styrene s creative and personal legacy, reminding us that if anyone had the power to turn our worlds dayglo, it was her.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

The story begins in the faceless town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow, at the dawn of the 1980s with two intense, chronically shy brothers, Jim and William Reid, listening to music in their shared bedroom.

Author: Zoe Howe

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250030234

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Musically, culturally and even in terms of sheer attitude, the Jesus and Mary Chain stand alone. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy changed the course of popular music, and their iconic blend of psychotic white noise and darkly surreal lyrics that presaged the shoegaze movement continues to enchant and confound. Zoë Howe's biography is the fierce, frank and funny tale of the Jesus and Mary Chain, told by the band members and their associates for the very first time. The story begins in the faceless town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow, at the dawn of the 1980s with two intense, chronically shy brothers, Jim and William Reid, listening to music in their shared bedroom. What follows charts an unforgettable journey complete with incendiary live performances, their pivotal relationship with Alan McGee's Creation Records and those famous fraternal tensions—with plenty of feedback, fighting, and crafting perfect pop music along the way. It is high time this vastly influential group and sometime public enemy had their say.

Florence the Machine

The book details how her sense of style has captured the imaginations of fans and fashion editors the world over. Here are the stories behind the glittering award ceremonies, TV appearances and international tours.

Author: Zoe Howe

Publisher: Omnibus Press& Schirmer Trade Books

ISBN: 9781780385136

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 239

View: 297

This intriguing book tells the story of this very unique pop/rock/soul artist starting with her upbringing in South London to her thrilling rise to international fame as a singer and also a highly individual fashion icon. The author explores her collaborations and working relationships with Chanel Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld, her manager Mairead Nash and her friend Isabella Summers who to this day forms part of ‘the machine’. The book details how her sense of style has captured the imaginations of fans and fashion editors the world over. Here are the stories behind the glittering award ceremonies, TV appearances and international tours.

British Hit Singles Albums

Author: David Roberts

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781904994107

Category: Popular music

Page: 717

View: 957

This reference guide to both singles and albums in the UK pop charts lists titles, artists, labels, catalogue numbers, highest positions attained, number of weeks on chart and US no.1 information, as well as selected biographies and pop news.

Barbed Wire Kisses

This book takes us behind the wall of distortion to reveal the fierce, frank and often funny tale of The Jesus and Mary Chain, told by the band members and their associates for the first time.

Author: Zoë Howe

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857906658

Category: Music

Page: 334

View: 255

The Mary Chain were the best thing since punk rock' - Bobby Gillespie 'The Jesus and Mary Chain were integral to my musical development' - Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails Praise for Zoë Howe: 'A stunning reinvention of the rock memoir format. Zoë Howe bottles Wilko's lightning' - Dave Collins, Vive Le Rock, on Wilko Johnson: Looking Back at Me 'Brit-rock book of the year' - Gavin Martin on Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits Musically, culturally and in terms of sheer attitude, The Jesus and Mary Chain stand alone. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would change the course of popular music, and their distinctive blend of psychotic white noise, dark lyrics and a pop sensibility continues to enchant and confound to this day. This book takes us behind the wall of distortion to reveal the fierce, frank and often funny tale of The Jesus and Mary Chain, told by the band members and their associates for the first time. Author Zoë Howe charts each step of the Mary Chain's journey up to the present day, chronicling the formation of the group, their incendiary live performances, the Reids' powerful songcraft and those famous fraternal tensions that would prepare Creation Records boss Alan McGee for the onslaught of the Gallaghers. Thirty years after the Mary Chain formed, it is time this influential group and sometime 'public enemy' had their say. Includes new and exclusive interviews with Jim Reid, Douglas Hart, Bobby Gillespie, Alan McGee, Murray Dalglish, Laurence Verfaillie, John Moore, Ben Lurie, Stephen Pastel and many others.

Lee Brilleaux

Lee Brilleaux, the uniquely charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock’n’roll’s greatest frontmen.

Author: Zoë Howe

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857902644

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 232

Lee Brilleaux, the uniquely charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock’n’roll’s greatest frontmen. But he was also one of its greatest gentlemen - a class act with heart, fire, wanderlust and a wild streak. Exploding out of Canvey Island in the early 1970s - an age of glam rock, post-hippy folk and pop androgyny - the Feelgoods, with Lee Brilleaux and Wilko Johnson at the helm, charged into London, grabbed the pub rock scene by the throat and sparked a revolutionary new era, proving that you didn’t have to be middle class, wearing the ‘right clothes’ or living in the ‘right place’ to succeed. Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman, while a totally different work, is a companion of sorts to the hugely popular Wilko Johnson book: Looking Back At Me (also co-authored by Howe). It is the first comprehensive appreciation of Lee Brilleaux and, with its numerous exclusive interviews and previously unseen images, is a book no Dr Feelgood fan would wish to be without.

The 70 s a Book of Records

THE SLITS An all girl band on the Island label with a flair for the controversial .
Almost instantly debuted with LP titled ' Cut ' . MM reviewing their LP described
them as the dirty , tousled rag - end of punk . Charted with ' Typical Girls ' ( 60 ,
1979 ) ...

Author: Tony Jasper

Publisher: London : Macdonald Futura

ISBN:

Category: Popular music

Page: 416

View: 143


The Wire

As usual , the studio was packed when the expression had changed ; but the
rebel girl stance caught me as if I was body surfing a ... I told the dramatic
monster that swallowed up the careers of a generation and free as they are , their
business operation is story of Bob Marley ... was more associated with black
America , or even Most of the 70s / 80s ' typical girls ' , including The Slits , him for
political gain .

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Spare Rib

Lots of them gleefully mock the stereotyped images of women , like the Slits ' '
Typical girls are emotional Typical girls fall under a spell ... ' ; or X ... The personal
is political , as they say , and it's good that women are telling our side of the story .

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Category: Feminism

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Rock n Roll Gentleman

Lee Brilleaux, the charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock'n'roll's greatest frontmen.

Author: Zoë Howe

Publisher: Polygon

ISBN: 9781846974960

Category:

Page: 272

View: 891

Lee Brilleaux, the charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock'n'roll's greatest frontmen. But he was also one of its greatest gentlemen - a class act with heart, fire, wanderlust and a wild streak.Exploding out of Canvey Island in the early 1970s - an age of glam rock, post-hippy folk and pop androgyny - the Feelgoods, with Lee Brilleaux and Wilko Johnson at the helm, charged into London, grabbed the pub rock scene by the throat and sparked a revolutionary new era, proving that you didn't have to be middle class, wearing the 'right clothes' or living in the 'right place' to succeed.

Stevie Nicks

This biography takes us on her journey from peripatetic Midwest childhood to her explosion onto the music scene as chiffon-swathed rock goddess, right up to present day.

Author: Zoë Howe

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781785583421

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 404

View: 999

This biography takes us on Stevie Nicks' journey from peripatetic Midwest childhood to her explosion onto the music scene as chiffon-swathed rock goddess, right up to present day

The Virgin Encyclopedia of Rock

... Hold Of My Heart ' was a worldwide Number 1 ) , re - interpretations of Jacques
Brel standards and ballads like Cher's ' A Woman's Story ' . ... Bovell - failed to
provide a commercial breakthrough despite the single ' Typical Girls ' / ' I Heard It
Through The Grapevine ' reaching Number 60 in the charts . Although hip at the
time , the Slits have since become one of the forgotten bands of the Seventies .

Author: Michael Heatley

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited

ISBN:

Category: Rock music

Page: 304

View: 624

Covering the most influential musicians and moments of the last four decades, this updated edition includes new entries on the current crop of Britpop bands like Oasis, Blur and Supergrass, singer/songwriters including Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow, and acts ranging from The Prodigy to Jamiroquai and Mudhoney.

The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Rock

Author: Michael Heatley

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Rock music

Page: 352

View: 753


Shine On Marquee Moon

Never mind chick lit. This is rock chick lit. Sylvie is a dresser working for a New Romantic band currently enjoying a 21st century revival.

Author: Zoë Howe

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785893165

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 147

“A new relationship; the prescient mingling of two record collections. A stark, sonic reflection of your partnership’s potential, or lack of. Never mind compatibility tests and first date small talk, whether or not someone is a suitable prospect can be divined by a glance across the spines of well-loved jewel cases and battered LPs.” Shine On, Marquee Moon, the debut novel of respected music writer Zoë Howe, is a rock ‘n’ roll love story that celebrates the extremes of life in the music business and challenges the myth of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll with plenty of wry humour, strong characters and sharp dialogue along the way. Never mind chick lit. This is rock chick lit. Sylvie is a dresser working for a New Romantic band currently enjoying a 21st century revival. Sylvie becomes romantically involved with Nick – reluctant heart-throb and the least unhinged member of the band – after bonding amid the chaos of touring life over a shared obsession with Television’s seminal album ‘Marquee Moon’. However, a dark secret threatens to destroy their future together and much more besides. Shine On, Marquee Moon exposes the hilarious, heart-wrenching and often bizarre reality of life on and off the road, where the most unlikely people become family, and ‘friends’ aren't always who they appear to be. "A great story, full of sharp and funny observations. Someone needs to form a Concierge tribute band." – Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music "Shine on, Marquee Moon is everything you'd expect from Zoë Howe: warm, wry, evocative and unconventional. This is an author who knows the idiosyncrasies of the music business and captures them all with candour and affection in a novel that is funny, fierce and better than most comeback tours.” – Jane Bradley, founder and director of For Books’ Sake. "Zoë Howe is one of our favourite music writers – a great writer who is in love with rock 'n' roll and a writer who can make the essence and magic of the dark stuff seem so alive…" – John Robb, Louder Than War "Tangled romance, ripe idiocy, monstrous self-delusion and 'that familiar backstage smell - hairspray, sweat, alcohol, dust burning on lightbulbs' ... Zoë Howe's crackling account of life around a rock band is fast, funny and superbly well-observed" – Mark Ellen, renowned music journalist and editor (Smash Hits, The Word, Select, Mojo, Q), broadcaster and author of Rock Stars Stole My Life "Heroin, and a fine heroine – Zoë Howe knows exactly how it'll pan out. Classic, clever, funny tale of what happens in the covens around those all boy-clubs of bands…" – Kirsty Allison, founder and editor of Cold Lips, books/arts editor of DJ Magazine "Hilarious and poignant, a rock ’n' roll love story about a woman seeking her own place in a cock-centric industry. A stylish ride through band-life, written by a woman well-versed in music's tricks and secrets... Lots of fun." – Emma Jane Unsworth, bestselling author of Animals and Hungry, The Stars & Everything Shine On, Marquee Moon is shortlisted for the Virginia Prize For Fiction 2016.

The British Beat Explosion

This book traces the origins of a scene long overdue for recognition.

Author: Michelle Whitby

Publisher: Aurora Metro Publications

ISBN: 9781906582470

Category: Music

Page: 159

View: 532

The undiscovered gem of the UK Beat scene, West London's Eel Pie Hotel, is unearthed here. This great '60s club played host to acts that would later make a global name for themselves: The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Kinks, and many others. This book traces the origins of a scene long overdue for recognition.

Spin

But that Slits cover where all three of them are naked with mud smeared on them
? Wow . I liked that they could do that and be fierce at the same time . And songs
like ' Typical Girls ' and ' Newtown ' told little stories from a girl's point of view ...

Author:

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Category: Popular culture

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Books and Bookmen

We are not told how typical the stories reprinted allegedly verbatim are of the total
number of stories presumably available to the author . and indeed we have no ...
The girls whose rapes are the subject of the stories use terms which are of
doubtful authenticity . ... 50 down the slit rubbing on my clitoris and into my vagina
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Time

When a writer is dead , his admirers feel that at least he is now safe : there will be
Girls ' World Long Stories no senile juvenilia from him . ... if your throat is hard to
slit , of big - city sin , he mentions a few tricks Slit your girl's and swing for it . and
warns girls away from a few ... with “ faint distaste ” as more work in nightclubs ,
but during re seeing what the " novellas ” gained by being a too typical Victorian .

Author: Briton Hadden

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Category: Periodicals

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