Dangerous Designs 1988
Ann Day, drums and percussion; plus ?
Dee Orr Goes Country
Dee Orr plus 3 other women
The Deltones 1985 – ?
Photographs of the Deltones’ first gig at Sol y Sombre (c) Steve Richards
Devil’s Dykes see The Bright Girls
Distribution ~ see also Women’s Revolutions Per Minute
Independent outlets such as Sisterwrite Bookshop, in Upper Street, London N1, were important sources of women’s music. Sisterwrite, a feminist collective started in 1979 by Kay Stirling, Lynn Alderson and Mary Coghill, e.g., stocked albums and tapes by women artists worldwide, some of which can be seen as displayed in the photo below, including those from Olivia, the American recording label. (For an Olivia discography see http://www.queermusicheritage.us/olivia.html)
‘We also operated as an information centre, so for things like the Women’s Monthly Events etc we had the posters and info, and all the newsletters too which were what made it possible for women to find out about such music/cultural events – all our info systems were alternative at that time as I recall, since we had no access to mainstream media. I think that’s kind of important as the role of all our centres and publications is easily forgotten – how important they were in creating an alternative culture … the formal structure of Sisterwrite was a worker’s co-operative as well as a feminist collective.’ ~ Lynn Alderson, 2010
Photograph of Sisterwrite founders Mary, Lynn and Kay at work donated by the estate of Caroline Forbes.