Category Archives: Documenting women’s history

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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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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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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