Episode 370: Vivien Goldman


In Revenge of the She-Punks, Vivien Goldman charts feminist ideology in punk across nations, languages and decades. Beginning with 70s pioneers like Poly Styrene, Patti Smith and The Slits, the book draws together threads that are often ignored in wider conversations about the genre. The book follows the rebirth of Goldman’s own musical career, with 2016’s terrific anthology, Resolutionary (Songs 1979-1982). Now doing double duty as a musician and author, Goldman continues to teach at NYU, where she’s affectionately know as the “punk professor.” Using her latest book as a starting point, Goldman joined us to discuss the secret history of women in punk, the lingering role of the holocaust in the birth of the movement and drawing inspiration from continued musical resistance.

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