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The 2017 Music Issue

Photos of 'Untypical Girls' and the Radical Stages of Revolution

See excerpts of Sam Knee's forthcoming book, 'Untypical Girls: Styles and Sounds of the Transatlantic Indie Revolution,' featuring Kim Gordon, The Wrecks, Slant 6, and more.

by Sam Knee
Nov 7 2017, 7:56pm

This story appears in VICE magazine and Noisey's 2017 Music Issue. Click HERE to subscribe to VICE magazine.

These rarely seen, personal photographs, taken from Sam Knee's forthcoming book, Untypical Girls: Styles and Sounds of the Transatlantic Indie Revolution, chart the rise of women in alternative music. From the advent of punk in late-70s Britain to grunge via no wave, indie, and hardcore, Untypical Girls traces the evolution of indie girl styles, and, more important, the transformation and explosion of voices long suppressed in the music industry. As Knee writes in the introduction, "This book is by no means an indie girl A-Z. Merely a glimpse into a journey from nascent radical stages to the full flower of revolution, the looks and attitudes of which are frighteningly relevant today."

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