Fanny Chiarello – Basta Now: Women, Trans & Non-binary in Experimental Music Book


Basta Now: Women, Trans & Non-binary in Experimental Music is a non-academic essay by French poet, novelist and music enthusiast Fanny Chiarello.



“It’s the first book to be published by Permanent Draft, an all-female record label and micro-press founded by musician Valentina Magaletti and writer Fanny Chiarello, dedicated to promoting contemporary female, non-binary and transgender artists.

Basta Now is essentially a huge (yet admittedly not definitive) overview of 2,371 womxn in the global experimental sound & music scene. It’s been written in playful and compelling prose and stylishly presented with photos, illustrations, and discographies.

Basta Now serves as a joyful read, a beautifully designed object, and a timely reminder of a prevailing bias in the contemporary arts landscape.

Fanny Chiarello has previously published novels, poetry, and children’s literature in France, notably A Happy Woman: One Month in New York with Meredith Monk. Basta Now is her first book written in English.

“This book has nothing against men, it’s just not about them.” (Fanny Chiarello)”

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