Sonic Cinema: Here to be Heard—The Story of the Slits

The many female voices that were given a platform with the rise of punk and post-punk in the ’70s and ’80s have been finding further amplification in the 21st century. Recent memoirs by musicians Vivien Goldman and Viv Albertine (as well as Jenn Pelly’s brilliant entry into the 33 ⅓ book series focusing on the debut album by the Raincoats) have helped re-examine the work of these artists—and add fuel to the fires of young women looking to make their own noise. The hope was that Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits would fan those flames even higher. While that’s certainly possible, the Slits themselves aren’t well-served by this frustratingly shallow look into the band’s history and impact.

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