Film screening | Stories from the She-Punks

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“Stories from the She Punks” special screening by its makers with an open discussion on women’s experiences in music Temperance are delighted to host a very special event : a screening of the acclaimed documentary “Stories from the She Punks” hosted by the film’s makers Gina Birch (the Raincoats) and Helen Reddington (Helen McCookerybook of the Chefs).

The film tells the stories (in their own words) of many female musicians who took part & thrived in the extremely male dominated music scene of the late 1970s. Gina & Helen have shown this film in many places & it has sparked lively & inspiring debate afterwards. We hope as many people as possible with an interest in the experiences of women in music can attend & join in an open discussion led by Helen & Gina about the issues it raises & the issues facing women in music today. In the aftermath of the #MeToo revelations, we are very pleased to be able to host such a forum & hope it can contribute to moving the debate forwards in our area.

The documentary reflects all the anarchy, the excitement of the new sounds upsetting British music, and their DIY approach to learning and playing their instruments. We meet Shanne Bradley who was taught to play bass on top of a 68 bus by the Damned’s Captain Sensible, and the Dolly Mixtures, who pretended they were at each other’s houses doing their homework, while in reality playing a gig at Cambridge Corn Exchange. Gina describes the thrill of buying her first bass guitar after seeing the Slits play and struggling to teach herself to play. These women describe an alternative to the alternative world of punk all too often remembered from a male perspective. Gina Birch came to London to study Fine Art in 1976, fell in love with the DIY scene that was punk and after seeing the first Slits gig was inspired to buy a bass guitar and together with Ana da Silva, started the Raincoats (one of Kurt Cobain’s favourite bands: he & Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon wrote the liner notes for their reissued albums).

Armed with a bass guitar and a super-8 camera, Gina has made music and films for the last 40 years, and is also a committed painter. Helen Reddington was at Brighton Art College when fellow-squatters told her she would be playing bass in their punk band. Joby and the Hooligans never made any records, but Helen went on to form the Chefs, who released material on local label Attrix and recorded sessions for Radio One’s John Peel Show and later formed the much loved Helen & the Horns After working as a community musician, she became an academic, publishing The Lost Women of Rock Music: female musicians of the punk era (Equinox) and lecturing at the University of East London. She also tours as a solo artist under the name Helen McCookerybook, releasing DIY albums herself

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