Rated Reads: Sisters with Transitors and Power Dressing Catsuits

Rated Reads shares our pick of the best content from around the web. This week: new movie 'Sisters with Transitors', how catsuits became a form of modern power dressing and more.


Sisters with Transistors

Laurie Anderson narrates this fascinating film about the female pioneers of electronic music. Created by Lisa Rovner, ‘Sisters with Transistors is an unapologetically geeky documentary that celebrates the female pioneers of early electronic music, their journeys, and discoveries. Virtuoso Clara Rockmore features, as does Suzanne Ciani, Éliane Radigue, and the great Delia Derbyshire. A must-watch.


How catsuits became power dressing for popstars & one of AW21’s top trends

“Catsuits are no longer just a caricature of femininity. In 2021, they’re a newfound symbol of defiant sexuality in film, fashion and music”, writes Alice May Stenson for i-D. It may seem like every celeb worth their salt owns that Mugler one-piece, seen on pop stars such as Beyoncé, Kali Uchis, Jorja Smith and Dua Lipa, it seems that one-pieces have become the must-have.

Get Ready For The New-Look ‘Gossip Girl’ To Take Over Your Summer 

It’s almost time!! Everybody stay calm!! The hotly-anticipated Gossip Girl reboot is landing on HBO Max this July and we can’t WAIT. Since the six-season run on The CW network came to an end in 2012, the binge-worthy show is getting a new lease of life with a cooler-than-everyone Gen Z cast and more high fashion than you can shake a stick at. Vogue dishes the details on what we need to know about the forthcoming series.

Adding Colour to the Romance Genre

“When historical romance novels focus solely on white leads, it sends a message about whom the industry thinks is deserving of love”, writes Zeeaha Rehman for The Walrus. Whilst Netflix’s TV show, Bridgerton, featured multiple Black actors in lead roles, the books by Julia Quinn, from which the show was adapted, features not a single non-white character, and only one who is queer. Zeeaha looks at historical romance as a genre and asks why new books continue to exclude BIPOC and queer characters. She speaks with experts about how publishing houses play a role in this discrimination and much more. A brilliant read.

Noel Gallagher on ten years of High Flying Birds: ‘A lot of the early songs were actually written for Oasis’

The man, the myth, the legend. Noel Gallagher is the new GQ Hype cover star.

“Ten years on from the formation of his High Flying Birds, and 12 since the infamous Parisian bust-up that led to Oasis’ split, Noel Gallagher has as much to say as ever. Cocaine, Blair, whether Britpop led to Brexit… nothing is off the table for British music’s opinionator-in-chief”.

You don’t have to be an Oasis or High Flying Birds fan to enjoy this interview, it’s a riveting, slightly cheeky interview with one of Britpop’s biggest stars, covering everything from handling criticism to social media and more.

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