May Day greetings from the Women’s Liberation Music Archive!

The 1st of May 2013 being the second anniversary of the archive’s on-line launch, it seems a good time for an update – and another huge thank you to everyone who has sent in items to be archived and for the welcome feedback many have sent. We hope you’ll be interested in the project’s progress. Since May 2011, the website has had around fifty-two thousand visits, has expanded quite a bit with the addition of new material – please see the what’s new in the archive? page – and has just had a bit of a re-launch with a move to a new domain: https://womensliberationmusicarchive.co.uk/  – (though if you use the previous address you’ll automatically be redirected.)

The archive continues to welcome new donations of material – please get in touch at wlmmusicarchive@gmail.com if you have anything you think would be relevant and should be in the archive, or if you were involved and would like to write about your experience of that time. Hopefully the project will continue to grow, gaps will be filled in and more entries created.

Physical items that have been donated to the WLMA will be housed by the Feminist Archive South  and will be available for viewing and research purposes at the University of Bristol by arrangement with the Special Collections Archivists, who can be contacted at special-collections@bristol.ac.uk

Unique offer! The CD ‘Music and Liberation: A Compilation of Music from the Women’s Liberation Movement’, which was created as part of the Music and Liberation exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and curated by Debi Withers is still available. This comprises twenty tracks by some of the feminist musicians from the 1970s and 80s – Abandon Your Tutu, Bad Habits, Bright Girls, Fabulous Dirt Sisters, Feminist Improvising Group, Frankie Armstrong, Friggin Little Bits, Ginger and Spice, Hi-Jinx, Jam Today, Mistakes, No Rules OK, Ova, Proper Little Madams, Sadista Sisters, Siren, Spoilsports, Stepney Sisters, York Street Band – plus an informative booklet. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to revisit or discover some of these sounds – or introduce friends and family to the music and activism of the era! All proceeds from the CD will be used for the upkeep of the Women’s Liberation Music Archive, and we are grateful to all the women who made the CD possible and kindly agreed that its sales will benefit the WLMA, a not-for-profit, voluntary and otherwise unfunded project. Please contact the archive at wlmmusicarchive@gmail.com for more information if you’d like a copy. Following the Music and Liberation exhibition, Debi Withers has now left the archive, while Frankie Green continues as Administrator with project support from the WLMA Steering Group.

Please get in touch if you have any ideas or questions about the archive. If you have a website or blog you’d like to add to the list of links on our blog posts page please let us know, and please link to us to help spread the word. Thanks! And don’t forget you can advertise your gigs, music releases and other relevant happenings on our ‘Events’ page.

Happy May Day!

 

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