Vivien Goldman Curated by Cate Le Bon

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Sonic City 2019

Vivien Goldman

Curated by Cate Le Bon




In 2016, Pitchfork wrote a long-read on Vivien Goldman titled 'No One's More Punk Than Vivien Goldman'. Well, that's that then. Goldman is the pioneering female music journalist who was first published in the mid-1970's in UK press such as NME and Sound, specializing in Afro-Caribbean and women's punk music. Now, she is an adjunct professor at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. In between, she was an early 1980's post-punk musician, recording with The Flying Lizards, members of The Slits, PiL, The Raincoats and performing alongside Neneh Cherry.

By accident, she also recorded some music of her own, most notably 1981’s brilliant “Launderette,” produced with John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) in which she exposes the intimacy of the punk enclaves that formed her: a mystic, itchy dub pop song that interweaves domesticity and aggression when a guy she met by the washing machines proves as hard to ditch as a stubborn stain. Her much-acclaimed retrospective compilation from 2016, 'Resolutionary', paved the way for the recording of her first ever album, produced by Youth of Killing Joke, due out later this year. She recently published her sixth book, 'Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot', in which she centers the relationships between gender and the genre, showing how, through the right lens, the story of punk is a story about women's ingenuity and power.


PITCHFORK: "Her uncommon path is inspiring; it is a reminder that there is no path but your own."


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