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  • From: "Lani Smith" <LSmith AT>
  • To: "Typical Girls: Women in Punk/Post-Punk/Underground Music (Circa 1975-1980s)" <typicalgirls AT>
  • Subject: Re: [TypicalGirls] The Lost Women of Rock Music
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 14:41:03 -0500

I can't wait to read it!
If you could, please send a reminder when it does come out.
Hopefully it will be available for people to borrow from libraries!!
Funny how a book born out of a desire to expose "female creative energy had
been swept under the
> carpet" is kind of being swept under the carpet!!

-----Original Message-----
From: Helen McCookerybook <helen_mccookerybook AT>
To: TypicalGirls AT
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 12:15:48 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [TypicalGirls] The Lost Women of Rock Music

> I'm posting this ( and have contacted Dina to OK it,
> thank you Dina!) because I've just found out that my
> forthcoming book, The Lost Women of Rock Music, is
> going to be available in June this year, and I've just
> discovered it's retail price is going to be £55 GBP
> which puts it well out of the price range of most
> people.
> I have contacted the publisher, Ashgate, who have told
> me that as an academic book it's normal for there to
> be a short print-run in hardback, which, if it sells,
> then becomes available as a paperback for general
> consumption.
> I have no real idea of whether it's worth my pushing
> them on this- it is an academic book, with probably at
> least two chapters that are only of real interest to
> music sociologists or people who are interested in the
> history of British young people in the 1970s and
> 1980s, but then there is a lot of interview material
> (but not completely unedited interviews) with many
> women instrumentalists and singers: Ari and Tessa from
> the Slits, Gina from the Raincoats, Gaye Black from
> the Adverts, Rachel and Hester from Dolymixture, Nora
> Normal from the Gymslips, Lucy O'Brien from the
> Catholic Girls, June Miles-Kingston from the
> Mo-Dettes, Liz Naylor from the Gay Animals, Mavis
> Bayton from the Mistakes, Lora Logic from X-Ray Spex
> and Essential Logic, Enid Williams from Girlschool,
> Rhoda Dakar from the Bodysnatchers, Vi Subversa from
> Poison Girls, and more lesser-known artists from bands
> in London and Brighton at the end of the 1970s. There
> is a case study of how the punk scene 'worked' for
> getting female players up on stage in the town of
> Brighton .
> I also interviewed important figures at the time, such
> as DJ John Peel, Geoff Travis of Rough Trade and
> music journalist Caroline Coon.
> The book discusses the ways women's participation in
> rock are excluded from music histories and why, and
> developed out of a pHD study I did a couple of years
> ago. I was driven to do it out of anger at the way so
> much female creative energy had been swept under the
> carpet and was going to be either forgotten or
> remembered as a set of silly stereotypes!
> If anyone would like to write to me about this, my
> email address is helen_mccookerybook AT
> I know things have changed for female musicians, but
> sometimes not as much as they should- at least not in
> the UK!
> Helen Reddington (aka Helen McCookerybook)
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