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Revenge of the She-Punks by Vivien Goldman

Revenge of the She-Punks

A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot

Vivien Goldman

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2 reviews

Imprint: University of Texas Press
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 21 May 2019
ISBN: 9781477316542

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.

4 stars out of 5
Fiona Sturges
3 Jul 2019

"The language is urgent, often furious, sometimes funny and full of piquant turns of phrase"

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.”


5 stars out of 5
Laura Snapes
13 May 2019

"This book should restore Goldman’s place in the rock-crit firmament"

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).