Marlene Marder - Kleenex/LiLiPUT Book


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Label: Thrilling Living

Edition of 2,000 copies. 288 pages.

In 1986, guitarist Marlene Marder published a German-language diary documenting her time in Kleenex/LiLiPUT, Zurich's first all-female punk band and most important musical export of any gender or genre. Thrilling Living is proud to offer a lavishly illustrated English-language edition, featuring over 200 images, including fanzines, interviews, flyers, and photographs, and updated with a new introduction and afterword by editor Grace Ambrose and translator Jen Calleja in addition to the original foreword by Greil Marcus. This is the most extensive document of this influential group, unparalleled in its depth and candor.

Neither memoir nor scrapbook, but something defiantly in the middle, Kleenex/LiLiPUT is a compelling example of what it looks like to document one's own life and all the insights and messiness that entails. This project is an interpretation, a translation, a republication, an attempt to expand and enhance Marlene's unruly original. First released by Nachbar der Welt Verlag, the publishing imprint that preceded Edition Patrick Frey, Thrilling Living is proud to make this important story accessible in English for the first time, alongside additional translated interviews and reviews.

The book recounts touring, recording, and music business dealings, all from the perspective of Marder, the band's guitarist. It is an important document of what it was like to participate in the burgeoning music industry, just as punk was taking off.