A double dose of punk, Joan Armatrading in her own words, all the colors of black metal and the cross stitch are back. Read all about them:
Hit Girls: Women of Punk in the USA, 1975-1983
By Jen B. Larson
THE REDACTED PRESS RELEASE: “Women have been kicking against the incentives of music patriarchy ever since Sister Rosetta Tharpe first played the guitar riffs that built rock ‘n’ roll. The explosion of punk sent shock waves of revolution to every girl who dreamed of being on stage. Punk godmothers Suzy Quatro, The runaways, Patti Smith, Poison ivy, Tina Weymouth, Debbie Harry, The Go-Go’s and Fanny‘s Millington sisters provided the template for thousands of girls and women across the United States to write and record their songs. Hit Girls is the story of local and regional groups whose legacies would otherwise be lost. Despite the modern narratives that label women as anomalies in rock music, the truth is: women played important roles in punk and its related genres in every city, in every scene, across the United States. The women and bands profiled by Jen B. Larson share their experiences of sexism and racism as well as their joy and successes from their days on stage as they changed what it meant to be in a band. These trailblazing women were more than new acts or pretty faces—they were fully contributing members and leaders of mixed-gender and female bands long before the call for “girls to the front.” The women of Hit Girls are now rightfully elevated to cult status where their collective achievement is recognized and inspirational to new generations of female rockers. Included are interviews with Texacala Jones, Stoney Rivera, Mish Bondaj, Alice Bag, Nikki Corvette, Penelope Houston and many more formidable and infamous women who raised their voices over the screaming guitars.”
Punk: The Definitive Guide to the Blank Generation and Beyond
By Rich Weidman
THE REDACTED PRESS RELEASE: “Filled with a raw and energetic sound that stripped rock ‘n’ roll to the bone, punk rock transformed rock’s landscape in the 1970s, deconstructing bloated arena rock and a lasting influence on the music and cultural scene left in the United States and overseas. Punk was all about extending a middle finger to the status quo while pushing boundaries in unknown directions. According to punk poet laureate Patti Smith, “To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom not to be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.” Punk: The Definitive Guide to the Blank Generation and Beyond focuses on the origins of punk, ranging from diverse influences such as Dadaism, The Beat Generationthe garage bands of the 1960s, the Paris-based Situationist International movement, Jamaican ska bands, Stanley Kubrick‘s dystopian masterpiece A Clockwork Orangeand the glam rock of the early 1970s. Rich Weidman highlights the best and worst punk bands, the best punk songs and albums, the most infamous concerts and the rise of American hardcore punk. Legendary venues like CBGB and classic punk films and documentaries such as The decline of Western civilization propelled the rise of mainstream pop-punk bands and every other aspect of punk subculture, including its lasting impact on rock ‘n’ roll and society as a whole.
The Weakness in Me: The Selected Lyrics of Joan Armatrading
By Joan Armatrading
THE REDACTED PRESS RELEASE: “Since the release of her debut album Whatever is for us in 1972, Joan Armatrading has, over a 50 career, traversed styles and genres to create a monumental body of work. Recognized as the first British female singer-songwriter to achieve international success, her writing is alive with intelligence and empathy and paints the human experience with insight and emotion. Selected and arranged by the author, and with a foreword by respected record producer Glyn Johns, The Weakness In Me presents the lyrics of Armatrading for the first time in one unique volume. It also includes an introduction by Armatrading along with notes to a number of songs, giving a rare, personal glimpse into the creative process of a true pioneer.”
Black Metal Rainbows
By Daniel Lukes and Stanimir Panayotov
THE REDACTED PRESS RELEASE: “Black metal is a paradox. A noisy underground metal genre full of violence and virulence, it has captured the world’s imagination for its harsh yet flamboyant style and notorious history involving arson, blasphemy and murder. Today, black metal is nothing less than a cultural battlefield between those who claim it for nationalist and racist purposes, and those who say: Nazi black metal fvck off! Black Metal Rainbows is a radical collection of writers, artists, activists and visionaries, incl Drew Daniel, Kim Kelly, Laina Dawes, Espi Kvlt, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Svein Egil Hatlevik, Eugene S. Robinson, Margaret Killjoy and many more. About essays and theory-fictions, works of art and comics we say out loud: Long live black metal’s trve rainbow! This unique collection envisions black metal as always already open, inclusive and unbounded: a musical genre whose vital spirit of total antagonism rebels against the forces of political conservatism. Beyond its clichés of grimness, nihilism, reaction and signature black/white corpse paint snarl, today black metal is a vibrant and revolutionary paradigm. This book reveals his playful, carnivalesque worlds animated by spirits of joy and celebration, community and care, queerness and camp, LGBTQI+ identities and anti-fascist, anti-racist and left-wing politics, not to mention endless aesthetic experimentation and fabulousness. From the crib to the cloud, Black Metal Rainbows unearths black metal’s sparkling core and illuminates its prismatic spectrum: deep within the black, far beyond grimness, and across a dark glittering rainbow!
Cross Stitch Or Die Tryin’: 30 Patterns For Hip Hop Lovers
By Kate Blandford
THE REDACTED PRESS RELEASE: “Filled with the worst cross stitch patterns with a hip hop twist, Cross Stitch Or Die Tryin’ is a must for all smart hip-hop fans. Whether you’re living the thug life or bringing da ruckus, as long as you still have love for the streets, you’ll find classic hop-hop quotes and sayings that make dope wall art, stickers and pillows. Why not make a homemade gift for a hip hop loving friend? Stitch classic like Drop it like it’s hot, Mo problems apply or Sip on Gin and Juice decorating your kitchen wall is a no-brainer! Cross Stitch Or The Tryin‘ features 30 patterns that speak to all hip-hop lovers who aren’t afraid to show their nerdier side. Savvy hip-hop lovers of all ages will appreciate the patterns, many of which are beginner-friendly and can be completed in a few hours. And don’t sweat the technique; experienced cross stitcher Kate Blandford gives you easy-to-follow instructions with information on what materials you’ll need and helpful tricks, no matter what level you’re at. So grab your hoops and needles and show the world that you may have 99 problems, but cross stitch is not one!”