Author Archives: the fabulous dirt sisters

DIY Activist History tips, Part 1

If you want to start recording, writing and celebrating marginalised histories where do you start? What if you have no formal skills and don’t technically ‘know’ what you are doing? I’ve asked some of the amazing people I’ve met working … Continue reading

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Frankie Green and Jam Today

Sometimes things just explode, in a good way. That is what it has been like discussing with Frankie Green the possibilities of setting up an archive to document the music made by women in the UK Women’s Liberation Movement. Frankie … Continue reading

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Kaffe Matthews talking about Street Music

Kaffe Matthews is a great storyteller. During the Dirt Sisters’ busking tours around Europe she kept her band members entertained with vivid recollections of her dreams and stories about her family. Kaffe Matthews in the late 80s When I interviewed … Continue reading

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The Guest Stars

Many of the bands The Fabulous Dirt Sisters toured with in the UK during the 1980s suffer the same fate of invisibility today. One band, The Guest Stars were, in many ways, the antithesis of the Dirt Sisters: the played … Continue reading

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York Street Band

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarha Moore, a lifelong prolific (street) musician and member of the York Street Band. Like the Dirt Sisters, the York Street Band were an all-female band who claimed the streets as a … Continue reading

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The Fall Out Marching Band

A major influence on The Fabulous Dirt Sisters were the many political street bands who existed in the 1970s and 1980s. Street bands used music to mobilise, educate and protest at a time when British culture was veering more and … Continue reading

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To plaque or not to plaque…..

As part of my research trip I asked Deb to take me on a tour of the Dirt Sisters’ Nottingham. Time ran out, as it often does, but we did manage to visit two important places, the wholefood shop mentioned … Continue reading

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Wholefood shops

The late 1970s saw the emergence of wholefood co-operatives such as Suma and Infinity Foods that were premised on the need to have greater contact with and control over the food people bought. The wholefood movement was also linked to … Continue reading

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What is one person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure

You often hear archivists and historians desperately urging people who have lived astonishing lives as activists, artists and culture makers to rummage through their so-called junk and donate it to their nearest archive for posterity. While that flier or minute … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Welcome to this blog that aims to be an archive in many senses. It will be an archive of The Fabulous Dirt Sisters but it will also be used to tell the story of me conducting research about them. The … Continue reading

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