Sam Knee: Untypical Girls – book review

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Sam Knee is a music nerd and vintage clothing aficionado with 25 years of garment trading and design under his anorak.

 

His fascination with post-war fashion, music and youth culture has been covered on his blogs and in articles for Levi’s and Mensfile. He is the author of Vintage T-Shirts (Carlton 2007), A Scene In Between (Cicada 2014), The Bag I’m In (Cicada 2015) and Memory of a Free Festival (Cicada 2017).

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Sam’s latest creation is a beautiful book all about one, if not the, most underrated species on the Planet. In an industry traditionally dominate day by men, women in music have often had to shout to be heard.

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This book traces the sounds, attitudes, and looks of women who refused to be silenced.

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Starting in the punk and post-punk scenes in Britain and following the journey over the Atlantic to grunge and eventually Riot Grrrl, Untypical Girls is a celebration of all things female in independent music.

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Beautifully presented, you can tell within an instant of picking up the book this is a real labour of love, fantastically laid out. A book of real quality, not just for the contents but the materials used, this book features hundreds of previously unpublished photos of key personalities and bands including Primitives, Bratmobile, Blondie, Kim Gordon, Lush, Slowdive and Courtney Love. An introduction by Julie Cafritz of Pussy Galore completes the package. Because the future is female – but the past was, too.

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You can find out more about Sam and his stunning work at his Instagram page.

All words by Matt Mead. You can find more of Matt’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive.

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