Sunday, November 11, 2018

She-Punks Début Screening

Well, we had a sell-out night last night. Thank you so much for coming out in the cold rain to warm our hearts with your reception to the film!
Pics show: Jane Perry Woodgate who joined us for the panel, embroidering a memorial tapestry for a friend, just before the screening started; the audience at the beginning; Gina thanking Doc'n'Roll for adding us to the festival season; and two pics of the panel with Karen Shook as moderator, Gina, me and Jane, taken by Sarah Mathius.
There was a very lively discussion afterwards between the panel and the audience.
It was so busy that I didn't get a chance to talk to everyone, but it was lovely to see members of The Shillelagh Sisters, the Mo-Dettes, The Slits, The Adverts, The Raincoats, The Nipple Erectors,The Ettes, the family (joke), Feral 5 and numerous members of The London Set. Sadly there was no live music like when we played at the British Library screening; there wasn't time but we'll do that another time.
I hadn't realised till yesterday afternoon that I had lost my voice. I was trying to buy a lint roller in Robert Dyas and opened my mouth to say 'thank you' and only air came out, no sound. Mainlining Fisherman's Friends did the trick, but sadly I missed the jolly pub follow-up because by then the volume had been completely turned down. Today I can whisper but alas, I've had to cancel tomorrow morning's workshop on Northern Soul. Shame: a good dance about on a Monday morning sure could help to drive the blues away.
Hoping to have more screenings soon!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Ruth Barnes, Soho Radio

It was great to speak to Ruth yesterday; her show is going up on Mixcloud and I'll let you know when.
We talked all things She-Punk, and also about Saturday Night with the London Set and The Chefs, and lots of other things off-air. Ruth is a great broadcaster and a podcaster too.
Here we are after the show. Note the manic gleam in my eye; early tutorials, lecture, guest presenters, work meeting...  radio interview.
TGIF, and I'm SO looking forward to the screening tomorrow!
Next week, everything goes back to normal (i.e. mad).

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Poison Girls, Punktuation and Joby and the Hooligans

This photo is by David Peacock and must have been taken towards the end of 1977: Poison Girls, Punktuation (Vi Subversa's 14-year-old son's band) and Joby and the Hooligans all playing on the same bill.
We were close to them; Sue, the bass player from Poison Girls, lent me her bass to play before I had my own. The bass had belonged to the Buzzcocks (Sue was from Manchester too), and Vi Subversa lent us her son on drums. Vi was a real encouragement to punk bands in Brighton (how could you not play in a band, if  40-year-old woman was fronting a punk band on guitar?) and she used to listen to Joby's views without being offended, and respond in such a way that she actually changed this mind on some things.
She taught me that sometimes it's really good to shut up and listen, not to judge, and then to respond thoughtfully after processing what has been said (maybe I need to remember that!).
She was very good at listening, and I don't think before I met her that I ever felt really listened to. She almost acted as a pressure valve in the Brighton punk scene and she was missed when she left for Essex with the band.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The Chefs on Gideon Coe

Nice bit of support last night: Gideon Coe played Records and Tea by The Chefs and announced the screening of Stories from the She-Punks on Saturday. Big thanks, Gideon.
I also absolutely loved the music he played by this band, Grand Veymont:

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Feet On Earth

A day of marking student work tomorrow.

Dave Hammond's Smelly Flowerpot

Thank you for the plays for the Saturday Night with the London Set single; I am looking forward to a trip to Cambridge in January to do an interview and play a few songs on his show.

Jo Good Show, Radio London: She-Punks

We did this, this afternoon:

Ticket link for documentary:

Joby Again

Hard hat after The Village People, and later copied by Peter from Peter and the Test Tube Babies, who was an ardent fan.

Monday, November 05, 2018


How sad it is. I was talking about you this afternoon Joby, about that silly cul-de-sac you lived in with those idiots who sent you to jail for playing your music loudly all the time. And the time we went up to Sussex University with our guitars and begged Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers' manager to let us play a few songs at the beginning of the evening, and he said no, so we got really drunk and then he changed his mind and we got up on stage and you sang in one key, Steve played in another and I couldn't even see the fretboard of the bass and they pulled the plugs on us!

Back there in the punk times there were a lot of horrible and harmful people about but you always, always treated me with respect.
It was the best fun being in a band with you, and getting into scrapes and out of them again.
You were a proper chum and I am very glad never to have lost touch with you.
You were funny, fearless, bonkers and dangerous all rolled up into one.
I will never forget you clenching your arse in those tan tights with no pants when you hit the high notes- the bass player sees it all from the back of the band!
Sending you more love than you can possibly imagine Joby.
Rest in peace, you old bugger.