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Cinderella's Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  552 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Cinderella’s Big Score celebrates the contributions of punk’s oft-overlooked female artists, explores the latent—and not so latent—sexism of indie rock (so often thought of as the hallowed ground of progressive movements), and tells the story of how these women created spaces for themselves in a sometimes limited or exclusionary environment. The indie music world is litter ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published December 31st 2004 by Seal Press (first published December 10th 2004)
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Apr 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 12-year-old girls who think Avril Lavigne is "transgressive"
You know, I should rate this book higher.

I was excited because the book reads like a who's who of my favorite kool rock chicks, from Patti Smith to Kim Gordon to Peaches and everything in between.

I thought I was buying a book of interviews or in-depth profile articles.

Nothing of the sort.

This is essentially a primer. Hip Rock Ladies 101. Each chapter is devoted to a different underground rock chick, sharing the basics of their contributions to post-modern culture. Great if you are going through
So I finished this several weeks ago and finally feel ready to write a review. I read it as background research for an exhibit I'm working on.

Mostly, I liked it. Like Raha, I'm a fan of a lot of the women in this book, and it was really fun to read a little deeper into their histories and art.

That said, the academic in me often got frustrated with the writing. At least Raha states at the outset of the book that she's a fan and that in the writing of the book she found it very hard to maintain an
Jess McCabe
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a fleeting and quick exploration of women's punk history. Each musician only gets a page or two each, and Raha relies heavily (exclusively?) on media coverage and other people's books, rather than interviewing the women she profiles herself.

Not to say the result isn't revealing or interesting. But the book functions best as sort of extended sleeve notes/beginner's guide - look up the artists on spotify or whatever, and listen to a couple of tracks while reading Raha's brief overview for
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Maria Raha SAVED my understanding of what I LOVE, and what I missed, but it's NEVER TOO LATE BABY!
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Maria Raha celebrates the contributions women have made to the punk and indie music scene over the past three decades, while also exploring the unsurprising amount of sexism and prejudice they fought against. I love this book simply because it exists as a kind of love letter to many of the women who inspired me to assert myself creatively and changed the way I saw the world, as well as exposing me to different types of music, art, and literature that I probably wouldn't have found otherwise.

Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is essential if you are a music fan, especially if you want to learn more about influential women in the punk movement. (Their contributions are typically played down or ignored altogether.)
May 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
just got this a week ago for my birthday and already read it and want to read it again
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rebel-girls
Awesome. A great representation of women in punk rock!
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Being a rock-n-roller at heart, I was initially intimidated by this book, anticipating references would fly over my head and leave me with a nohawk, but I had nothing to fear. Raha is an excellent host to this rollicking, no-holds-barred party with some of the most compelling personalities I've ever met on the page (musicians are rarely a boring bunch, so imagine artists who risk rape, ridicule and years of hard work for possibly zero recognition).

Expertly weaving choice quotes and anecdotes wi
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned-books, 2013
It seems like all reviews of this book either fall into the "Wow! This book taught me so much!" category or the "I already knew all of this stuff why am I reading this?" category. For me, it was the latter.

As others have stated, I was under the impression I was going to be getting a bunch of new information/interviews about artists I've loved forever. Rather, every chapter was more like a slimmed-down Wikipedia entry, all of which can be summed up with something along the lines of "Her powerful
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Maria Raha is the author of Cinderella's Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground. Her nonfiction work has also appeared in Young Wives’ Tales: New Adventures in Love and Partnership (Seal Press, 2001) and The W Effect: Bush's War on Women (Feminist Press, 2004). She is the managing editor of Swingset and a contributor to Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, among other publications. ...more
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