Vivien Goldman: Revenge of the She-Punks

Ngaire Ruth reviews music journalist, academic. lecturer, and foremother Vivien Goldman’s new book Revenge of the She-Punks for the Loud Women collective.


Book Reviewby Ngaire Ruth

– Vivien Goldman (2019), Revenge of the She-Punks, A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot, University of Texas Press, www.UTEXASPRESS.COM 800.252.3206 

Any feminist punk will know instantly that Revenge of the She-Punks is for them. This isn’t just because author Vivien Goldman’s words are such great company. She refers to the male-dominated contemporary music industry as the “dense dickwood” and describes Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna as “having skills like the Goddess Kali has arms”. It’s because this is your herstory.

The changing role of women music

Vivien Goldman was one of the first women
writers and section editors in the mainstream music press,Sounds1976, who “went into battle for the unconventional
girls”. At the same time she was attending university, with feminist icon
Germaine Greer a lecturer of her cohort; according to this yarn, she was
disappointed that…

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