April 17th, 2017

Happy Birthday, Liz Phair... 

Interviews are finally being uploaded! It's been a long wait, I know.  Women of Rock Oral History Project finding aid


September 23rd, 2016

Made a quick trip to Los Angeles and finally interviewed Phranc, The All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger! She was also a huge part of the LA punk scene, and played in Nervous Gender, Catholic Discipline and Castration Squad with Alice Bag. GOOGLE HER.  

Here's a pre-interview video of Phranc singing to Pickles the parakeet--who was a little stressed by all of the cameras and lights:


September 5th, 2016

Uploaded  a performance of "Babylonian Gorgon" from the Alice Bag mini-tour last fall. She just released her new (FIRST)  album-- you can find it on her website along with her Women in Punk LA Archives.  I'm also making some clips of Lydia Lunch's spoken word performance at Smith College. Busy emailing potential interviewees for a fall trip: Alice de Buhr from Fanny and Phranc are on the roster...along with some others I can't mention yet. I went to a screening of The Decline of Western Civilization at Amherst Cinema. I've seen it a dozen times but never on the big screen-- I had actually forgotten that Phranc was in Catholic Discipline! As usual, wished women were more visible/ had more screen time, but it was still great.

Until next time,

Tanya

PS. Buy the new Green Dreams album Here at Castle Makeout on Bandcamp.


August 21st, 2016

I'm in a hotel near the Oakland Airport-- I probably didn't need to stay SO close to, but that's ok-- transferring video footage, eating some weird organic chips, and posting all of the photos from our interviews this week. Sophia and Michael have relocated to Los Angeles and this is really great because now the project is essentially bicoastal! Our first interview was with drummer Patty Schemel (formerly of Hole, currently of Upset) and she was just as wonderful as I had hoped. After Patty, we loaded up the van and headed off to see Allison Wolfe (formerly of Bratmobile, currently of Sex Stains)-- another great interview with the added bonus of navigated rush hour traffic with one of the original Riot Grrrls. We had a day off and met Jeff Goldblum at a jazz club in Los Feliz-- he asked for my first and last name but I forgot to give him a business card (donor??). Finally, we packed up the van again and drove to Oakland for an interview with Michelle Gonzales of Spitboy and author of "Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band," another inspiring drummer and human. I uploaded a bunch of photos for you all to enjoy. I look forward to another trip in October (Phranc had to reschedule but we're going to make it happen)...until then....

-Tanya 

ps. Patty has offered up her drum skills to Julie Cafritz-- Free Kitten reunion? Or new Julie-fronted band??


July 5th, 2016

Lydia Lunch will be reviving gritty NYC underground culture at the Roxy Hotel in July: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/icon-of-70s-new-york-counter-culture-lydia-lunch-brings_us_5775a870e4b0746f56479c49


JUNE 29TH, 2016

I decided to start a news page so all you curious followers can keep up with the adventures of a touring historian! I received a significant grant in May and have been busy scheduling interviews-- you can read about the grant on the 'Press' page-- this doesn't mean that I'm no longer accepting donations (hint hint). I met Cherie Currie from The Runaways a few weeks ago. My friends Sophia and Michael brought her to my hotel room after her performance for the best meet n' greet/ spooning session of my adult life. I'll be doing a phone interview with Lita Ford (yup, THE Lita Ford) on July 6th and hopefully convincing her to sit down with me for the full interview sometime in the fall. Also keep your fingers crossed for Kim and Kelly Deal, Phranc the Folksinger, Peaches, Gail Anne Dorsey and Michelle Gonzales.. You should also read Michelle's book, Spitboy Rule! 

(I'm trying to summon Grace Slick with this banner photo, but so far, no dice).

Until next time,

Tanya