– AUTHOR SESSION & PERFORMANCES – WOMEN IN PUNK, VOL. 1 w/ DAVID ENSMINGER & SPECIAL GUESTS
Featuring Screech of Death, No Love Less (with half of Mydolls), and Mel Hell and the Texas Mod Crushers, with special guests too!
For four decades, women have often been ignored or marginalized in the history of punk despite being an intrinsic and vital part of the movement since the very first whispers of ‘year zero.’ This book attempts to shed light on their varied and vibrant involvement, honor their musical legacies, and balance the views of Ensminger, a music writer since the mid-1980s, using both critical thinking and pop culture journalism, with the first-person point of view of the women themselves, including local punk luminaries Mel Hell (Texas Mod Crushers, Zipperneck), Lisafer (45 Grave, DI, Nina Hagen, Screech of Death) and Linda Younger (Mydolls).
Vol 1 presents a varied, democratic, and inclusive perspective unlike anything currently available that will explore the issues at stake, from social and gender politics to issues of violence, reproductive rights, feminism, genre categories, sexual norms, war and technology, record industry and tour network biases, DIY and humanitarian values, media narratives, street level power struggles, and much more.
At 104 pages, the book also surveys a wide-range, from classic three-chord punk and grunge/garage/gunk to Riot Grrrl, post-hardcore, and emo. Plus, it represents a multicultural input by focusing on global participants and minority communities in the U.S., including trans/nonbinary, Hispanic, African American, Asian, and other participants.