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The Osaka Ramones: The All-Girl Punk Band-Shonen Knife

On this episode of The Kitchen Sisters Present, Shonen Knife – a story of cultural exchange through the cassette tape.

But also a story of an era in history just before the stronghold of the looming internet drastically changed, among so many other things, the way we consume and discover music.  It was a time when culture – as writer Karen Schoemer said – was precious, you really had to fight for it.

A closer look at how cassettes, alongside fanzines and college radio, all worked to create an environment that made possible the seemingly improbable circumstance of an all-girl band from Osaka, Japan eventually opening for Nirvana – one of the biggest musical acts of the 90s, and how these women have retained their status of cultural influence some 40 years after their bands’ origin.

This episode features interviews with Shonen Knife; Karen Schoemer, former music critic of the New York Times; and Brooke McCorkle Okazaki, Assistant Professor of Music at Carleton College and author of the forthcoming book, Shonen Knife’s Happy Hour: Food, Gender, Rock and Roll

This episode was produced by Brandi Howell.  To hear more of her stories, visit The Echo Chamber podcast.

A full transcript of this story, plus videos and photos of Shonen Knife, is available here