Earlier this month saw the launch of the Women’s Liberation Music Archive, a small corner of webspace focusing on “feminist music-making in the UK and Ireland from 1970 – 1990.” The project, an initiative of Deborah Withers and Frankie Green, is actively and openly seeking contributions, corrections and all forms of support to make the website a fun and useful tool.
The bands featured in the archive represent the ideals of second wave feminism with a “sisterhood is powerful” attitude and leanings towards jazzy/folk/rock sounds. After a bit of digging I’ve come up with a few of my personal highlights from the collection, have a listen here and then visit the site and have a trawl yourself!
“Didn’t Affect Me” by The Fabulous Dirt Sisters
“Self Defense” by Ova
As an added bonus I offer you here a digitized version of the “Making Waves” compilation put out by Girlfriend Records in 1981, featuring twelve women’s bands from the UK. Here’s to you, sisters in song!
DOWNLOAD: Making Waves compilation (.rar file/35MB)