Thursday, July 21, 2011

On Being Helen Reddington

My alter-ego is bringing out a new paperback version of The Lost Women of Rock Music: female musicians of the punk era on October 1st, published by Equinox.
And she has also contributed to this:


Network Awesome has curated 30 shows containing almost 400 video clips to explore the role women have played in Punk music from the 70's to today. With rare interviews and concerts, videos, documentaries and feature films, Network Awesome broadcasts a compelling week of TV designed to entertain and provoke.

Network Awesome Magazine also pulls out all the stops with feature articles and interviews with many of the leading figures of the day such as Alice Bag and Gudrun Gut, with essays by Dr. Helen Reddington, Jessica Hopper, Kathryn Fischer, Candace McDuffie and more.

Images and video for re-posting and blogging are attached. 
All shows, video clips, and articles are free to be re-posted.

We are a new online TV network that programs 4-6 hours of daily programing.  All our content is curated from You Tube and our innovative system stitches the various links together and presents it linearly to the viewer. Sure, that's innovative - but our programming is the main feature and it's exquisitely entertaining and fun! 

We feature an extensive digital Magazine with more than 60 writers commenting on fascinating media.  Network Awesome has been up and running since January 1, 2011 and has been featured in NYTimes, BoingBoing, Dangerous Minds and many others.

Upcoming Network Awesome specials include:
- The Cremaster Cycle by Matthew Barney July 25-29
- The Films of Paul Grimault July 23rd
- Nuke P*rn Weekend: Aug 6&7
- Early Japanese Animation Aug 8-12

The Women Of Punk - July 18-22, 2011:

Live Music Show - The Women of Punk vol. 1  (article by Jessica Hopper)
Collection of Clips showcasing the varied women of Punk.

Doc - The Runaways
Recent interviews with many of The Runaways looking back on the wild times of the past.

Jem and the Holograms - The Beginning
 (pending interview with series creator Christy Marx)
Slyly subversive 1984 cartoon about rival good vs evil all-girl punk bands.

Doc - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Archival interviews and concert footage from all eras of the iconic singer and group.

L7 - the Beauty Process
Amazingly weird film about L7 made by Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic.

Vivienne Dick - Beauty Becomes the Beast
No-Wave art film shot on Super-8 and preoccupied with female sexuality, relationships and 'transgressive behaviour'. Staring Lydia Lunch, Lizzy Mercier, Klaus Nomi.


Live Music Show - The Women of Punk vol. 2 (article by Kathryn Fischer aka Mad Kate )
Collection of Clips showcasing the varied women of Punk.

Doc - Who is Poly Styrene?

Documentary on British musician, songwriter and singer for the punk rock band X-Ray Spex.

Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.)
Special feature on "Hollywood and Vine", "Dementia", and a few more of the Punk villains of GLOW.

Talk Show - Punk Women
Collected interviews from: Wendy O. Williams (Plasmatics), Ari Up (The Slits), Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks), Penelope Houston (Avengers), Gee Vaucher (Crass) & Cherie Currie (The Runaways).

Collection - 60 minutes with Kate Bush
Rare interviews, concert footage, and videos from this iconoclastic artist.

Red Aunts - Saltbox

In 1995, Red Aunts shot homemade videos for every song on their "Saltbox" album. These are the shambolic results.

Live Music Show - The Women of Punk vol. 3 (article by Dr. Helen Reddington)
Collection of Clips showcasing the varied women of Punk.

The Bags - Live in Hollywood 1978 
(Interview with Alice Bag from The Bags)
Entire legendary concert shot on VHS. Watch Tom Waits get punched in the face!

Jem and the Holograms - Video Wars
A particularly cutting episode of the cartoon series.

Collection: Girls Bite Back

Startling interviews and live performances from an almost-lost 1984 documentary by Wolfgang Büld. Features Malaria!, Nina Hagen, Liliput, The Slits, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Doc - Coup D´Etat: Re-socializing Gender Roles

Follows cutting edge female musicians, comic book artists, film-makers and performance artists to convey how artistic expression continues to be used as a tool to create social change while articulating the problems of American society. Produced & Directed by T. Khyentse James, 2008 and features Kathleen Hanna, Miranda July, Sharon Jones and many others.

Live Music Show - The Women of Punk (2000 - present)
Collection of Clips showcasing the varied women of Punk as it's manifested today. 
Features Bikini Kill, Team Dresch, Cobra Killer, Finally Punk, Erase Errata, All Girl Summer Fun Band, Mika Miko, Vivian Girls, The Need, Bleach03.

Live Music Show - The Women of Punk vol. 4
Collection of Clips showcasing the varied women of Punk.

Collection: Gudrun Gut + Malaria (Interview with Gudrun Gut)
Historic fixture in the German punk & industrial scene and influential radio show host and runs 2 women-centric record labels.

Collection: Vivienne WestwoodInterviews with the British fashion designer largely responsible for bringing punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.

Collection: A Brief History Of Peaches (article by Candace McDuffie)
Rare interviews, concert appearances and getting to the bottom of "Peaches Christ Superstar".

Doc - The Gits
The Gits were a promising band from Seattle, poised to explode on the national scene when powerful singer Mia Zapata was brutally raped and murdered. This is a heartbreaking look at the band and the aftermath of Mia's murder.

Movie - Lovedolls Superstar

1986 indie movie following the all-girl punk band The Lovedolls, features cameos by a wealth of indie rock heroes like Jello Biafra, Redd Kross and Sky Saxon.

Live Music Show - The Women of Punk vol. 5
Collection of Clips showcasing the varied women of Punk.

Doc - Blondie
Brutal documentary tracing the ups and downs of this great band that just happens to include Debbie Harry.

Patti Smith Live - Rockpalast 1979

April 22, 1979 special on the Patti Smith Group filmed live on German TV's "Rockpalast" show. 13 songs in glorious color.

Vivienne Dick: She Had Her Gun Already (1978) (Interview with Vivienne Dick)
No Wave art film shot on Super-8 and starring Lydia Lunch and Pat Place.

Trailer Trash: The Women Of Punk
Compilation of Movie Trailers focusing on our week's subject. Includes the films: Times Square 1980, She's A Punk Rocker UK, Tank Girl, Liquid Sky and many more.

Movie - Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (feature article)
This excellent film shows Diane Lane as an angry teen who starts a punk band and attracts a cult following. The film was a flop at the time, but re-runs on TV influenced the Riot Girl movement. Also includes a behind the scenes documentary.

Network Awesome Salutes the Women Of Punk - July 18-22 

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