Sam Knee

Untypical Girls - Signed Copies

Cicada Books

Released: 6th November 2017

Hardcover, 244 Pages. Signed by Sam Knee.

We’re extremely excited to announce a new title from the Sam Knee / Cicada Press axis which has already provided two influential works, A Scene In Between and The Bag I’m In. This time round the focus is exclusively on the female part of the story through an epic timeframe, 1978-1993.

"Who Were The Untypical Girls?" is the question that Knee asks himself right at the start. The answer is more or less instinctive but understood in a series of incredible unseen images of The Slits, The Raincoats, Dolly Mixture, Marine Girls, Bikini Kill, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Heather Lewis (Beat Happening), Naomi Yang (Galaxie 500) and Annabel Wright and Katrina Mitchell (The Pastels). Each page is its own spectacular delight mixing famous musicians, the not so famous and fans too, all in carefully arranged approximate chronology. There are short interviews with Debsey Wykes (Dolly Mixture), Gina Davidson (Marine Girls), Kira Roessler (Black Flag), Julia Cafritz (Pussy Galore) and Erin Smith (Bratmobile) positioning each of them as both participant and fan. There’s a pleasing brashness to the book, the sounds, attitudes and charity shop styles of young women who had plenty to say and plenty to back it up with. Vivid youth, indeed.

Untypical Girls is a joyous celebration of all things brilliant and female in independent music. It’s essential fun.

"Author Sam Knee has unearthed hundreds of prviously unseen photo- graphs of bands such as the Slits, Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland and Bratmobile; and of personalities including Viv Albertine, Lydia Lunch, Siouxie Sioux , Courtney Love and Kim Gordon. Exclusive inteviews with Debsey Wykes of Dolly Mixture, Julie Cafritz of Pussy Galore, Gina Davidson of Marine Girls, Kira Roessler of Black Flag and Erin Smith of Bratmobile provide insight into the politics and daily realities of the time. This book follows on from Sam Knee’s previous titles, The Bag I’m In and Memory of a Free Festival. It is a timely publication for feminists, fashionistas and music afficionados."