What’s new in the archive?

A page for news and to highlight new material we have uploaded to the archive.

Since launching online in May 2011, we have added a lot more photos, films, recordings and information on bands, musicians and projects, set up a press page for media reports, and been invited by the British Library to participate in their web archive programme http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ which archives sites to represent aspects of UK documentary heritage. This is great news as it will preserve the Women’s Liberation Music Archive for the future.

In addition to creating new entries, we continue to expand many others. Let us know if you can help!

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Summer/Autumn 2014: big thanks to everyone who sends us info, helping us fill in the gaps in the online WLMA collection! E.g., recently, Sue Regan for info on Jazawaki, and Gerry Ffrench for that on Kaos. Also those of you who send us artefacts – records, songbooks, badges, etc – for our physical collection. We use some in displays e.g. at the FLA (Feminist Libraries and Archives Network) stall at October’s Feminism in London 2014 conference. Thanks to all our Facebook friends too – please join us if you haven’t already at https://facebook.com/womensliberation.musicarchive There you’ll find videos of contributions from many feminist projects, including WLMA, at the FiL conference FLA workshop on the importance of feminist history ‘Archives and Activism: Knowing our Past – Creating our Future.’

July 2014: the WLMA collection of artefacts housed by the University of Bristol Special Collections Library, in conjunction with the Feminist Archives South, is now catalogued online. To view it, please go to http://oac.lib.bris.ac.uk/dserve/, and use reference number DM2598. Researchers, activists, students and anyone interested in the feminist music-making and politics of the WLM are welcome to access this material. Huge thanks to Archivists Hannah Lowery and Sarah Cuthill for their work in cataloguing the collection!

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May/June 2014: A series of interviews with and about feminist band Ova from during the 1970s and 80s, covering many aspects of women’s music-making and politics, plus one with Rosemary Schonfeld specially for the WLMA from 2010. http://womensliberationmusicarchive.co.uk/o/

WLMA joined Facebook: find us at http://www.facebook.com/womensliberation.musicarchive

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April 2014: WLMA was invited to talk on Out in South London, Resonance Radio’s LGBT Arts Programme http://womensliberationmusicarchive.co.uk/press/

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March 2014: 

New video of the band Tour de Force, thanks to Deirdre Cartwright and Carol Stocker

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February 2014:

New entry for the duo Clea and McLeod - tracks from their album, photos, sketches, reviews, memorabilia and biog

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October 2013:

A personal tribute to musician, composer and activist Lindsay Cooper from her friend and musical collaborator Maggie Nicols, accompanied by a portrait from another friend, Val Wilmer: http://womensliberationmusicarchive.co.uk/blog-posts/

A four-hour tribute to Lindsay based around an interview she recorded with Val Wilmer in 1992, interspersed with a lot of different music from her remarkable career, compiled by Matthew Watkins: http://canterburywithoutborders.blogspot.com/2013/10/episode-8.html

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September 2013:

A film of the 1990 Chard Festival of Women in Music, Somerset, produced and directed by Jayne Chard of Hummingbird Films. Newly-digitised, the film features song, dance and drumming from Shikisha, jazz from the Guest Stars, the first European women’s orchestra performing a specially commissioned piece composed by Eleanor Alberga and conducted by Odaline d la Martinez, housework shanties from the Ranting Sleazos, performances at older people’s residential homes, women’s and children’s music workshops, singer-songwriter Julie Felix, the Female Intuition band, Bristol band Meet Your Feet, a drum kit duet by Crissy Lee and Sue Hewitt, a Women in Rock talkback panel discussion … and more! See the festival on Facebook too.

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July/August 2013:

New entry for Bristol band Meet Your Feet - photos, film, recordings and info

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June 2013:

Newly-donated photos by Diane Hudson of women dancing to the music of singer-songwriter Susan Straightarrow at the 1974 national WLM conference in Edinburgh

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May 2013: 

The Pre-Madonnas performing three songs – ‘March of the Women (Ethel Smyth)/Nana Was a Suffragette’, ‘Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida’ and ‘I Feel Like Going On’ – at the memorial event for the socialist and feminist Labour M.P. Jo Richardson (1923 – 1994) held on April 27th, 1994, at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.

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March 2013:

Two new items from the 1980s women’s scene in Newcastle – the band Burning Brass and long-standing lesbian musical event Rock ‘n’ Doris

New entry: Jo Richler

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January 2013: 

Filmed oral histories uploaded from the Music & Liberation project. Check out Jam Today 3, the Fabulous Dirt Sisters, Maggie Nicols and the York Street Band

New entry! Photographs, reviews, flyers and programs tracing the career timeline of Terri Quaye during the 1970s and 1980s

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December 2012:

New entry! Peggy Seeger

A short entry for Pinkspots who were a spin-off from Clapperclaw, November’s recent addition

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Nov 2012:

Brand new entry on socialist feminist group Clapperclaw. The entry includes written reflections, photos, fliers and four Youtube videos where you can savour the chaotic energy of the band.

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The writer Janine Bullman has kindly shared with us her 2009 cover story on The Slits from music magazine ‘Loud and Quiet’, which she thinks may contain the last interview with Ari Up. 

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March 2012:

Live recording and artwork of Ova performing at the Vrouwen Festival in Amsterdam. Check it out in the entry for Ova.

New entry! Info and photos of Birmingham’s Fabulous Jam Tarts

New entry! Four tracks recorded in the 80s by Manchester’s Bad Habits plus song lists

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January 2012:

Wwork begins on writing the entry for the groundbreaking Northern Women’s Liberation Rock Band and in February photos, song lyrics and the band’s manifesto are added – plus information about the subsequent bands The Bad Habits and Five Famous Women

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December 2011:

NEW entry for Josefina Cupido ~ info, photos and a track from her CD ‘One Woman One Drum’

Photos of Rock Against Sexism material from Lucy Whitman’s personal archive, as displayed during her presentation at Rachael House’s 2011 Fine Arts M.A. show, ‘Feminist Disco.’

The lost 80s feminist classic album In Queer Street from Brighton’s Siren Theatre Group

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November 2011:

NEW entries ~ information about Maggie Nicols and some of the bands ~ Canaille, Cats Cradle, Contradictions, Feminist improvising Group, and No Rules OK ~ festivals ~ such as 1982’s Women Live ~ and other projects such as the London Musicians Collective ~she has been involved in

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October 2011:

New audio and audio-visual uploaded on The Fabulous DIrt Sisters‘ page – live performances in Harrogate (1986) and Manchester (no date), a practice/ improvisation session and a crackle-free Flapping Out in its entirety!

New memorabilia from Pearl Divers ~ with more promised ~ watch this space!

Items from Jan Ponsford’s scrapbook are being added to her entry, plus more about 1982’s Women Live Jazz Festival in London/Early Evening Jazz at the Drill Hall

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29 August 2011:

A brand new entry focusing on the work of Women Live in Edinburgh has been written by volunteers at the Glasgow Women’s Library. Check it out here.

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11 August 2011:

Three new recordings of the York Street Band have been donated to the archive. Listen to ‘Wilkommen’, ‘Mi Lord’ and ‘Queen of the Gypsies’ here.

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May 2011:

Lucy Toothpaste/Whitman interviewed by Cazz Blase for the F-Word ~ see the link in Lucy’s entry

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Don’t forget to check out our EVENTS page for gigs and happenings related to the archive

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