David A. Ensminger "Punk Women: 40 Years of Musicians Who Built Punk Rock" Book (2021)
Details: "Punk Women: 40 Years of Musicians Who Built Punk Rock," by David A Ensminger with a foreword from Philadelphia-based Katy Otto (Trophy Wife). Published by Microcosm! Paperback book, 2021. Paperback, (8.5" l x 5.5" w x 0.3" h) 192 pages.
Description: "In this far-reaching anthology, David Ensminger delves underground to explore the oft-overlooked community of badass women who shaped the punk scene. There is a common thread of women being excluded and gatekept from the hardcore music scene but this anthology challenges that notion and shows that women have still been able to overcome, kick-ass, and shred alongside the best of them. Biographies, interviews, band anecdotes, and never-before-published photos showcase the talent and artistry of bands like Bikini Kill, The Guttersluts, Bratmobile, Spitboy, the Germs, The Slits, and dozens more. Through its intimate aesthetic analysis and raw zine-like presentation, this is an essential resource for anyone looking to discover, rediscover, and cherish punk history. Includes a foreword by Katy Otto of Trophy Wife."
Grade: M (new stock)
Author: David A. Ensminger is a college instructor and the author of books covering both American roots music and punk rock history—Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2011), Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin' Hopkins (Univ. of Texas Press, 2013), Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons (PM Press, 2013), Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), The Politics of Punk, and Out of the Basement: From Cheap Trick to DIY Punk in Rockford, IL, 1973-2005 (Microcosm, 2017).
Both The Boston Globe and The Economist have highlighted his research; meanwhile, he writes for publications like Art in Print, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Houston Press, Trust (Germany), Artcore (Britain), Razorcake, and Maximum Rock'n'Roll.
He lives in Houston, Texas, where he teaches and edits over 20 blogs, including the Visual History of Punk, Hardcore, and Indie Women, which contains over 1,000 archived images: https://punkwomen.wordpress.com