Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot

Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot

As an industry insider and pioneering post-punk musician, Vivien Goldman's perspective on music journalism is unusually well-rounded. In Revenge of the She-Punks, she probes four themes--identity, money, love, and protest--to explore what makes punk such a liberating art form for women.With her visceral style, Goldman blends interviews, history, and her personal experience...

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Title:Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot
Author:Vivien Goldman
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Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot Reviews

  • Abby

    Vivien Goldman is a British journalist who has been following and participating in punk since its origins in the 1970s. She knows her stuff. In Revenge of the She-Punks, she studies women's involvement in punk in a transnational context. It's not a history so much as an academic, thematic study of different bands. I learned about a *lot* of bands I've never heard of before.

    Reading this book works best if you read it slowly, stopping to listen to the music Goldman discusses before moving on. It'

    Vivien Goldman is a British journalist who has been following and participating in punk since its origins in the 1970s. She knows her stuff. In Revenge of the She-Punks, she studies women's involvement in punk in a transnational context. It's not a history so much as an academic, thematic study of different bands. I learned about a *lot* of bands I've never heard of before.

    Reading this book works best if you read it slowly, stopping to listen to the music Goldman discusses before moving on. It's a truly academic read--and a good one!--but not for you if you want more of a popular history of women in punk.

  • Adam

    Smart. Incisive. Uplifting. Encouraging. Raw. Powerful. Inspirational.

    Check out my review over at Bearded Gentlemen Music:

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  • Gretchen

    I’m tempted to give this book 5 stars just for breadth and depth of bands covered alone (so many amazing diverse women, many in bands I’d never heard of). Goldman’s themed playlists are things of beauty, truly. Her writing is vibrant, but sometimes gets a bit too meandering, and very occasionally was off-putting. That said, I enjoyed the chapter on money/economics the most and I will certainly be making my way through these playlists.

  • Mallory

    3-3.5 stars. I appreciated that Goldman covered such a wide range of artists, several of whom I’ve never even heard of, and I look forward to listening to their music. However, the structure of this book is a bit formulaic: awkward paragraph trying to connect the band she just talked about with the next band she is about to discuss, followed by some paragraphs on that second band, and then repeat this method throughout the book. Also, the section on trans musicians really really really could hav

    3-3.5 stars. I appreciated that Goldman covered such a wide range of artists, several of whom I’ve never even heard of, and I look forward to listening to their music. However, the structure of this book is a bit formulaic: awkward paragraph trying to connect the band she just talked about with the next band she is about to discuss, followed by some paragraphs on that second band, and then repeat this method throughout the book. Also, the section on trans musicians really really really could have used some feedback from a trans person before publishing this because yikes.

  • Joshua

    Histories of music and musicians often seem to boil down to a lot of cliched narratives of drug-use, loss of identity to fame, and then sometimes a kind of personal redemption and acceptance of fame. This book thankfully is none of that. Vivien Goldman gives her reader a fascinating oral history mixed with meditations on feminist ideologies mixed with contemporary political insight mixed with honest music journalism to create a wonderous book that leaves the reader with a deeper appreciation of

    Histories of music and musicians often seem to boil down to a lot of cliched narratives of drug-use, loss of identity to fame, and then sometimes a kind of personal redemption and acceptance of fame. This book thankfully is none of that. Vivien Goldman gives her reader a fascinating oral history mixed with meditations on feminist ideologies mixed with contemporary political insight mixed with honest music journalism to create a wonderous book that leaves the reader with a deeper appreciation of the punk scene over the last forty years.

    The only problem with the book is because it tries to handle so many different bands and so many different ideas the book often feels like it's being stretched and twisted in multiple directions. Ultimately this might just be part of the aesthetic goal, and a book about punk-rock should never have to worry about fitting up to somebody else's standards, but I feel that this book could have and should have been an interesting opportunity to set the history of women in punk music in a more narrative format.

    But whatever, this book exists and it doesn't care whether or not you like everything in it. And I honestly can't think of anything more punk rock.

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