Venus Weltklang, the first international women’s rock festival, took place in West Berlin, Germany from 19 – 21 June 1981. The line-up was simply amazing. After the festival, Stuttgart based Flame Records put out a compendium album featuring thirteen tracks recorded live at the event. Continue reading article
There are some great films and video projects documenting women in the 1970s and 1980s punk scene. Over the next few weeks I’ll be talking about a few of these with excerpts, interviews and other special insights.
This week I’m highlighting the film Punk Cocktail, an sixty minute film released in late 2006 produced, directed and shot by René Uhlmann during the Zurich punk scene between 1976 – 80. Uhlmann was a fixture as concerts with his Super 8 camera and caught the live action of such infamous Swiss bands as the Dogboys, Mother’s Ruin, Nasal Boys, TNT, Troppo, Sperma and, of course, Kleenex.
The film is currently available on DVD from the swisspunk website. If you’re hankering for more of a Züripunk fix, you might consider having a look at Hot Love: Swiss Punk & Wave 1976-1980, a coffeetable of a book also published in late 2006. It features interviews, photos, newspaper clippings and anecdotes lovingly compiled by Lurker Grand.
Today I present you an excerpt from “Punk Cocktail” featuring live footage of Kleenex, in it’s various incarnations, including their first ever gig at Club Hey.