Ain’t You Wanna Cut It Out?
The Baffler is pleased to present a screening and discussion to celebrate the release of Kleenex/LiLiPUT, the English translation of Kleenex/LiLiPUT guitarist Marlene Marder’s diaries, originally published in German in 1986.
Forty-five years have passed since the all-female Swiss punk band debuted in Zürich, but their brash, defiant sound remains as enthralling and relevant as ever. Featuring diary entries alongside ephemera, interviews, and photos, Kleenex/LiLiPUT is a fascinating catalog by Marder of the group’s journey and development over their five-year existence. “Neither memoir nor scrapbook but perhaps something defiantly in the middle,” the translation’s editor Grace Ambrose writes in her introduction, “it is a compelling example of the insights and messiness that surface when documenting one’s own life.”
To celebrate the book’s release, the film Road Movie (2006), a compilation of the band’s own 1982 European tour and performance footage, will be screened and followed by a panel discussion featuring Grace Ambrose, Golnar Nikpour, and Jenn Pelly.
2006, 29 min, Super 8-to-digital
Recorded in 1982 by the band while on the road, the film captures at-once the exhilaration and tedium of touring.
Ain’t You Wanna Cut It Out? is made possible in part through the generous support of the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.