We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s & 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene (Santa Monica Press, 2017)
I grew up in the 1980s Southern California punk rock scene, which was a highly influential time of my life. I was politically awakened and also discovered the freedom of creativity that is inherent in the DIY or "do it yourself" essence of the scene.
We Were Going to Change the World is the result of a beautiful oral history project I did for several years where I interviewed other women like me who are now in their forties, fifties, or sixties to ask them about their experiences in the early punk rock scene and how those experiences may have influenced the rest of their lives. Most of the interviews were conducted in the women's homes. What is unique about this project is that it includes a diversity of women's voices who were involved in different ways. This includes musicians, photographers, fanzine creators, journalists, and fans. It is an example of social justice-based and feminist-grounded oral history.
Sample Media on the Book:
Radio interview for KPFK Feminist Magazine Program, Los Angeles, California. [LISTEN NOW]
Radio interview for KPFA Women's Magazine, Berkeley, California. [LISTEN NOW]
The How, The Why podcast recorded at the 1888 Center in Orange, California with Stacy Russo, Kathy Rodgers, Kirsten (Bruce) Meekins, and Laura Beth Bachman. [LISTEN NOW]