Jenn Pelly in conversation with Greil Marcus about THE RAINCOATS
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Presented in conjunction with City Lights and the Rock and Roll Book Club of San Francisco
celebrating a new edition in the 33 & 1/3 series
by Jenn Pelly
published by Bloomsbury Academic
In 1979, from the basement of a London squat, The Raincoats reinvented what punk could be. They had a violin player. They came from Portugal, Spain, and England. Their anarchy was poetic. Working with the iconic Rough Trade Records at its radical beginnings, they were the first group of punk women to actively call themselves feminists.
In this short book – the first on the Raincoats – author Jenn Pelly tells the story of the group's audacious debut album, which Kurt Cobain once called "wonderfully classic scripture." Pelly builds on rare archival materials and extensive interviews with members of the Raincoats, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Hole, Scritti Politti, Gang of Four, and more. She draws formal inspiration from the collage-like The Raincoats itself to explore this album's magic, vulnerability, and strength.
Jenn Pelly is an editor at Pitchfork. Her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, The Wire, and The Village Voice. Pelly's book on feminist punk band The Raincoats was published in October as part of Bloomsbury's 33 ⅓ series.
Greil Marcus is a music journalist, cultural critic, and author of numerous notable books. He is the author of Mystery Train, Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century, Invisible Republic:Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes, and many others. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine, The Beleiver, Village Voice, Art Forum, Pitchfoirk, Creem, and numerous others.
Founded in 2011, San Francisco's Rock 'n Roll Book Club is a loose group of regulars and non-regulars who enjoy music and reading about it. They generally meet every other month at a bar's backroom to discuss a book and listen to related music, over drinks and sometimes food mentioned in the book. They read new releases, classic memoirs, biographies, oral histories and music criticism, usually focusing on music from the 60s and 70s, preferably including sex, drugs, and good writing. They've met with authors Alice Bag (via skype), Robert Gordon (via Skype), Pauline Butcher (via Skype), John Einarson (via Skype), Evelyn McDonnell (via Skype), and Greil Marcus and V. Vale (RE/Search). To learn more visit: The Rock & Roll Book Club