Goldman’s punk, then, is a broad church, including as it does those with views that seemingly go against the liberal punk grain. All the stories and voices here are linked by a defiance, both musical and ideological, born from thousands of years of patriarchal oppression. “There is strength,” she writes, “as we huddle around the (metaphorical) fire as women together – with backing vocals from the men who love us – to dance, sing, and share our stories and our songs.”
As Goldman writes, those who declare punk to be dead are often “disgruntled punks on a pension”. At 64, she is not among them. Revenge of the She-Punks is remarkably alert to matters of class, race and geographic privileges and norms, elegant with that perspective and free from judgment...The only complaint about the fantastic Revenge of the She-Punks is how tantalising and brief these insights are – almost every act cited could warrant their own book (and a Goldman anthology wouldn’t go amiss).