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.
New entry for the duo Clea and McLeod - tracks from their album, photos, sketches, reviews, memorabilia and biog
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
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.
New entry for Bristol band Meet Your Feet - photos, film, recordings and info
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
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.
New entry: Jo Richler
New entry! Photographs, reviews, flyers and programs tracing the career timeline of Terri Quaye during the 1970s and 1980s
New entry! Peggy Seeger
A short entry for Pinkspots who were a spin-off from Clapperclaw, November’s recent addition
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.
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.
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
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
NEW entry for Josefina Cupido ~ info, photos and a track from her CD ‘One Woman One Drum’
The lost 80s feminist classic album In Queer Street from Brighton’s Siren Theatre Group
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
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!
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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.
Lucy Toothpaste/Whitman interviewed by Cazz Blase for the F-Word ~ see the link in Lucy’s entry
Don’t forget to check out our EVENTS page for gigs and happenings related to the archive