My KUTX: Vivien Goldman

Photo by Tristan Ipock/KUTX

Vivien Goldman was there when punk started. As a young journalist for Sounds, a London-based music weekly, she chronicled the upstart movement exploding out of England. She soon turned her eye towards the female-led bands of the time, who subverted gender stereotypes and carved out some space for women in music and society as a whole. Goldman herself got in on the subversion as an artist, releasing a reggae/punk hybrid EP while also playing with the Flying Lizards in the ’80s.

These days, Goldman teaches at NYU and Rutgers and is the author of books on Bob Marley, hip-hop, Kid Creole, and more. Her latest is Revenge Of The She-Punks, out now via UT Press, which examines punk from a feminist lens through interviews and Goldman’s colorful prose. She connects Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex and the early ’90s riot grrrl scene with modern manifestations like Pussy Riot and San Antonio’s Fea. This week on My KUTX, Goldman plays an hour of she-punk to celebrate her new book. Hear the guest DJ set on Saturday, May 11 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


1. X-Ray Spex – “Identity”

2. Los Vulpes – “Me Gusta Ser Una Zorra”

3. ESG – “Earn It”

4. Poison Girls – “Persons Unknown”

5. Jayne Cortez – “Maintain Control”

6. Pussy Riot – “Kropotkin Vodka”

7. Shonen Knife – “It’s A New Find”

8. The Slits – “Typical Girls”

9. Vivien Goldman – “Launderette”

10. Au Pairs – “It’s Obvious”

11. Fea – “Mujer Moderna”

12. Fertil Miseria – “Visiones de la Muerte”

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