About the Book

Cinderella’s Big Score

Cinderella’s Big Score

Women of the Punk and Indie Underground
December 2004
Trade Paperback · 380 Pages
$20.00 U.S. · £13.99 U.K. · €14.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781580051163
Seal Press


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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 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 littered with women who have not only withstood the racket of punk's intolerance, but have twisted our societal notions of femininity in knots. Raha focuses on the United States and England in the 70s and 80s, and illuminates how the seminal women of this time shaped the female rockers of the 90s and today. Groups profiled range from The Runaways, The Slits, and The Plasmatics to L7, Sleater-Kinney, and Le Tigre. The book includes women not often featured in "women in rock" titles, such as Exene Cervenka of X, Eve Libertine and Joy de Vivre of Crass, and Poison Ivy Rorschach of the Cramps. Rare interviews and more than forty black-and-white photographs are included in this tribute to the transgressive women of the underground music scene.

About the Author

Maria Raha works for Spin and Vibe magazines, and has written for Time Out New York, and Bitch. She lives in New York City.

Kim Gordon is the bass player and vocalist of Sonic Youth. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.