“Untypical Girls”: Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Punk girls with Belinda Carlisle from the Go-Go’s in the center. Los Angeles, 1978. Photo by Mike Murphy.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

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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Kim Gordon. Somewhere in Connecticut, 1987. Photo by Scott Munroe.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Poly Styrene from the X-Ray Spex at the Red Cow. London, 1977. Photo by Jeremy Gibbs.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Two riot girls at the March for Women’s Lives. Washington, DC, 1992. Photo by Pat Graham.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Gee Vaucher of CRASS at Eric’s Club. Liverpool, England, 1979. Photo by Mark Nick Jordan.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Hüsker Dü fan. Somewhere in New Jersey, 1984. Photo by David McKenzie.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Slant 6 at the Embassy. Washington, DC, 1992. Photo by Pat Graham.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

The band Dolly Mixture. Doncaster, England, 1981. Photo by Rich Gunter.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Riot girls at the March for Women’s Lives. Washington, DC, 1992. Photo by Pat Graham.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Stef Petticoat of post- punk band the Petticoats. London, 1980. Photo by Stefanie Heinrich.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Two post-punk fans pose. Wimbledon, London, 1980. Photo by Anita Corbin.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Clare Kearney and Liz Gutekunst of the Cancer Girls. Washington, DC, 1979. Photo by Peter Muise.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Riot grrrls performing. Washington, DC, 1992. Photo by Pat Graham.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth at Maxwell’s. Hoboken, New Jersey, 1984. Photo by Dave Rick.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Neo Boys, likely Portland’s rst all-girl punk group. Portland, Oregon, 1981. Photo by K Saul.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Dancing to the Big Boys. Houston, 1980. Photo by Ben Tecumseh DeSoto.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Gillian Elam of Bi-Joopiter, 1989.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Ari Up of the Slits, 1979. Photo by Graham Macindoe.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Bikini Kill, 1993. Photo by Pat Graham.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Bodysnatchers, 1980. Photo by Neil Anderson.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Skinned Teen, 1983. Photo by Greg Neate.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Strawberry Switchblade, 1982. Photo by Peter McArthur.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Lunachicks, 1989. Photo by Joe Dilworth.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Two women during the Revolution Summer in Washington DC, 1985 – an upswell of activism against the violence and sexism in the US punk scene Photo by Lloyd Wolf.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Julia Gorton, 1979.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Modettes, 1980. Courtesy of Neil Anderson.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Altered Images, 1981. Courtesy of Neil Anderson.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Jane Fox, 1981. Photo by Mark Flunder..
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Rachel and Gaye Bell – The Twinsets, 1981. Photo by Simon C.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

GUN CLUB, 1981. Photo by Mick Mercer.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Bilinda MBV, 1988. Courtesy of Joe Dilworth.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Julie Cafritz with Pussy Galore, 1988. Photo by JJ Gonson.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Jan Aberdeen, 1981. Photo by Fiona McNeill.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Sonic Youth, 1987. Photo by Scott Munroe.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

Courtney Love, 1991. Photo by Brad Sigal.
"Untypical Girls": Early Photographs Of Women In Punk From Between The Late 1970s And Early 1990s

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