Spare Rib magazine issue 083


Music reviews in Spare Rib enabled readers to keep up with all the great female singers and bands of the time. This included the rise of the punk and new wave scene in the late 1970s and early 80s which gave rise to some of the most iconic female acts of the era including Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Slits and Blondie. Interviews with some of these artists provide a feminist perspective on what it’s like to be a woman in the male-dominated world of punk.

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Spare Rib magazine issue 083
June 1979
Spare Rib Collective
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Issue 83, pp 16-18, Siouxsie and the Banshees, by Lucy Toothpaste and Jill Nicholls; photographs by Mark Rusher
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