Strike a Pose: Women, Music and the 1980s

In 1981, women’s liberation magazine Spare Rib put Grace Jones, X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene and Gina from The Raincoats on the cover for their Woman and Popular Music issue.

John Lennon’s ‘Woman’ was one of the biggest selling singles worldwide and Duran Duran caused controversy with the release of their ‘Girls on Film’ music video.

In London, 21-year-old photographer Anita Corbin captured the images of girls in youth clubs, nightclubs, on marches and in their homes for her ‘Visible Girls’ series of double portraits.

Jill and Friend, The Blitz, Covent Garden London. Uploaded by Anita.Corbin Copyright (c) all rights reserved
Jill and Friend, The Blitz, Covent Garden London. Uploaded by Anita.Corbin Copyright (c) all rights reserved

These photographs uploaded to the People’s History of Pop capture the diverse subcultures across London in the 1980s from a young women’s point of view.

Two Mod Girls, Oxford Street, London WC1 March 1981. Uploaded by Anita.Corbin Copyright (c) all rights reserved
Two Mod Girls, Oxford Street, London WC1 March 1981. Uploaded by Anita.Corbin Copyright (c) all rights reserved

Over 30 years have passed since Anita took the original photographs and she needs your help tracking them down.

Did you party and pose with Jill and her friend at the Blitz? 

Do you remember the Two Mod girls on Oxford Street?

If you recognise any of the women featured in these photographs please email phop@7wonder.co.uk

Susan and Linda outside Southgate Tube Feb 1981. Uploaded by Anita.Corbin Copyright (c) all rights reserved
Susan and Linda outside Southgate Tube Feb 1981. Uploaded by Anita.Corbin Copyright (c) all rights reserved

POP FACT: Aneka was the only solo female artist to have a U.K Number 1 single in 1981 with her hit ‘Japanese boy’.

Were you part of a subculture? What did you wear? Where did you go? Did you pose for a portrait? Share your story at PHOP.CO.UK 

The full collection of Visible Girls photographs will be exhibited from 14th April – 27th May 2016 at Metro Imaging as part of the PUNK London series of events.

 

Here Come the Girls

Today marks International Women’s Day and we would like to celebrate the female music fans across the U.K who uploaded their memories to the People’s History of Pop.

Here are a few highlights from the collection..

Licence: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Original source: www.goldfinchwithattitude.blogspot.com
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY)
Original source: www.goldfinchwithattitude.blogspot.com

My first gig, January 1978

The first gig you ever go to is something of a rite of passage. Perhaps you were, as I was, under-age and with tender ear-drums. Getting through the doors past the bouncer, in spite of being nearly four years under eighteen (and him being the size of a house), wasn’t a problem (perhaps because I was a girl…?) Even the process of buying a pint of cider at the bar was painless. Coping with the volume was something that got easier as the night wore on. But concealing my excitement at seeing a band I really admired up there on the stage, in all their real, raw glory, playing songs I’d only previously heard in session on John Peel’s radio show, was impossible. My first, proper gig was Siouxsie & the Banshees at a club called Triad in Bishop’s Stortford, January 1978. Cee

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Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA)

 

Ready, Steady Goer!

This goes way back to the 1960s when I was about 16 or 17 and regularly attended recordings of Ready, Steady Go. I was on the list of dancers for the programme and clearly remember dancing with The Hollies – great stuff. I used to go with my school friend, Stella and we just loved to dance and see all the pop stars. Once a floor manager grabbed a boy who was standing near us when we were dancing like crazy and he yelled at the poor guy, ‘dance with them, dance with them.’ Great memories’. Frankee

 

 

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Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA)

 

Spice Girls birthday party

The classic birthday party of the 90’s… get four of your best friends together and each dress up as one of the spice girls! You were bound to be chosen to be a member in at least one birthday party a year! Hanna Benjamin.

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