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Typical Girls? by Zoë Street Howe
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This is a fun and breezy read of an official Slits history contributed to all by all surviving members. With plenty of pictures and first-person recollections, this tells the importnat story of an all-female group that ahead of the curve artistically and business-wise. They successfullt wrangled creative control from Island and helped fuse the early "punky reggae" sound (name-checked by Bob Marley in the original recording of "Punky Reggae Party") with their own music as well as funding their tour with Prince Hammer and Don Cherry.

Through their timing and personal connection to the nascent punk scene via Ari Up's mother Nora, The Sex Pistols, and The Clash, as well as others this also makes for a unique view into the birth of English punk rock.
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