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.