Bloomsbury is extremely proud to announce the tenth of fourteen new 33 1/3 volumes…coming to a bookstore (and kindle/iPad) near you in: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Fall 2016. It was extremely difficult to select these titles from a pool of over 400 brilliant proposals so we hope you enjoy! To highlight each new title and the author behind it, we’ll announce one book each day over the next two weeks.
Dig Me Out – Sleater-Kinney
By Jovana Babović
Coming Spring 2016!
Sleater-Kinney’s 1997 album Dig Me Out just barely clocks in at half an hour. Listening to it leaves you with an unsettling sense of having just been punched in the gut: the vocals are edgy, the guitars are raw, and the drums thump-thump forcefully. But this much can be said of Sleater-Kinney’s entire seven-album discography. Dig Me Out, however, the band’s third studio album, marks the moment when Sleater-Kinney we no longer just three women from Olympia, WA delivering punk punches off of an independent label – they were also budding mainstream darlings.
This is the story of a musical moment when seemingly fragmented strains of culture overlapped; Dig Me Out was critically acclaimed in national music presses but never lost credibility among local and independent communities. At the same time, in a period of popular culture saturated by polarized gender norms, especially for women, the album reclaimed a different sort of cultural space for female performers – just as it negotiated the legacy of the early 1990s riot grrrl movement. Alongside the album’s own punches, this book delivers a narrative that situates both Dig Me Out and Sleater-Kinney into larger discussions of punk, feminism, and authenticity in popular culture.
A bit about the author: Jovana Babović is historian of culture, society, and urban life. She holds a Ph.D from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and teaches at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.