Interview: Vivien GOLDMAN / Intervvju Vivien GOLDMAN (slo)
So glad to talk with you again, Vivien and congratulations for your book Revenge Of The She - Punks. Is is a great book about punk days but with your vivid and positive view on the future too. So, my first question is all about that: what it means to be punk – she punks- nowadays? For you, Vivien?
Is the knowledge of the past, all the music herstory necesarry to be punk in the present or there are influences and inspirations from the othere sorces, art..etc important too?
The global view on punk is an important in the book, which I like it so much, specially when you included also in „She - Punks" women from Japan, India, Colombia, Indonesia, Chech Republic, among others...
How did you reach that female musicians and are there any differences...from country to country...or are all driven by the same „punk" vibe?
While reading your book, I could feel how much you live the subject till nowadays; you are driven by a true passion for the music's transformative potencial; how are your views on the subject change over the years?
As The Beatles would sing..."Will you still „She Punks" at 64, 74, 84...?
...never the less, in the book we can capture finest moments of your life, writting is quite autobiografical in many parts, and very well mixed with your years of research with larger cultural observations. Can you tell us, please, a little bit more, what was your primal idea of the book? The concept..the decisions, that's go in, that's go out....etc..?
You wrote also, that noted feminist theorist Germain Greer was your tutor, who disapproved your partying all term. Do you think, that the gap between popular cultur and academic one is still present nowadays? (after all, you are Punk Professor..)
You are a real natural force, a true warrior, who over 40 years stood right on front of „women power" in punk music. How mutual is (was) respect between you (a journalist, fan, musician, producer, teacher...) and the subjects of your writting, researching..with all those girls, musicians, punks, you wittnesed, talked..etc?
What do you think about writting about popular music in general; in magazines reviwes..etc? A lot of people don't approve the duality in music, in art ...There is no such as man or women music, literature, film...they say... What can you say about this distinction?
But what was first, for you personaly, love for music or the urgent need to articulate your opinions about scene, music ..? Tell me something more personal about you and your love for rock music and the position women have in this art?
All this years you have interviewed a lot of women in popular music. Which are your favourites? Who has been the most interesting or the most impressive and why?
What makes a good interview? Is the interaction between the journalist and the artist important? How do you transmit a feeling about music or lyrics, what is very difficult to explain, to the media (newspaper, TV)? What are your inner tricks for writing?
How different is feminism launched by Taylor Swift or Beyonce from that one of Kim Gordon, Patti Smith, Brigitte Fontaine ...or Carrie Brownstein, for instance?
Every little helps!
Punk rock might be a relatively young genre, but there are more and more stories, esseys and all kind of books on the way out.
More and more details are written every day on the subject of punk, yet there is still a lot oh hidden history, or herstory, for sure. From a distance of time, we can really evaluate the sound, the work and the influence of punk.
How are you satisfied with your work and what's next on the programme, Vivien Goldman?
Would you one day write your story too, your memoar?
(Rock Obrobje, November 2019)
live photo by Gianna La Morte