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It's been a minute, so let's get together at Roscoebooks to discuss Hit Girls: Women of Punk in the USA, 1975-1983 by local author Jen B. Larson!
(photo courtesy of the Chicago Reader)
Think punk was only a boys club? Read about the women who were the punk revolution!
Women have been kicking against the pricks of music patriarchy since Sister Rosetta Tharpe first played the guitar riffs that built rock-n-roll. The explosion of punk sent shockwaves 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-Gos, and Fanny’s Millington sisters provided the template for thousands of girls and women throughout the United States to write and record their songs. These pioneering women were more than novelty acts or pretty faces--they were fully contributing members and leaders of mixed-gender and all-female bands long before the call for “girls to the front.”
Pick up your copy at Roscoebooks for a 10% discount using the code "CHIRP"
CHIRP Book Club FAQs:
Q: Do I have to finish the whole book?
A: No! Really, you just need to have an opinion or interest in the topic of the book. You will not be tested on comprehension or interpretation of themes, motifs, etc.
Q: What do you guys talk about?
A: Usually we'll have someone facilitate the discussion by asking some general questions (did you like/dislike? favorite/least favorite part, etc.) and identifying some interesting passages or questions raised by the book. We also listen to music related to the topic at hand.
Q: Is it a big group?
A: Nope, typically just 4-8 people, which is probably for the best. We want to have a good discussion where everybody feels comfortable to speak.
Q: How late do you go?
A: The shop closes at 8pm and we try to get out shortly after. Participants are encouraged to continue their discussions over drinks at one of Roscoe's many fine establishments.
Each meeting is BYOB and light refreshments are provided 😊