Like many twentysomethings in the 1980s, British musician Kate Bush was bold. But unlike the rebellious kids soaking up the zeitgeist by proxy through parties, concerts and radio waves, Bush spent her post-teen years making a creative mark on the independent music scene. Catching early attention for her eclectic musical style and high-pitched soprano, the singer signed with EMI Records in 1976, releasing her first album, The Kick Inside, when she was just 19. Despite her age, Bush insisted on having strong creative control in all decisions affecting her music—a demand that continued as she catapulted to superstardom in the early ’80s. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Beauty in the Beat How rhythm shapes our lives. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Last Night What did Planningtorock do with their evening? Arts & Culture Issue 28 David Uzochukwu A proliﬁc photographer comes of age. Arts & Culture The Photographer in the Garden Gardens have provided powerful inspiration for Man Ray, Mapplethorpe and a million hobby photographers. Arts & Culture Issue 27 Aida Muluneh Three questions for the Ethiopian photographer. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Zanele Muholi Rebel without a pause: A firebrand photographer and visual activist reflects on a decade’s work.