CONSPIRACY OF WOMEN: Gals of First Wave Punk

Hello co-conspirators! I wanted to share something I have been working on.

I recently started an Instagram™ account to shed more light on women of pre-riot grrrl punk.



On the feed, I’m recognizing artists who are relatively high profile and many who dip below-the-radar (depending on whose radar), so what you see on it will be a good mixture of both relatively-know and underground artists.

Cynthia Kraman of Seattle’s Chinas Comidas. Photographer unknown.

The featured artists don’t necessarily fall into specific categories, so it’s hard to emphatically label them. A loose descriptor might be “women of first-wave punk and its adjacent genres,” meaning some ladies who played punk, proto-punk, post-punk, new wave, no-wave, proto-punk, proto-metal, proto-grunge, and cool stuff like that between the mid-’70s and mid-’80s.

Pregnant punk rocker Rockee Berlin of Detroit’s Flirt. From the band’s “Don’t Push Me / Degenerator” 7″ .

A few artists featured so far include Cynthia Kraman of Chinas Comidas Rockee Berlin of Flirt, and Chas Hines of Bona Rays. (Also, I am taking this posting thing pretty slowly, so bear with me.)

Chas Hines of London’s little known band Bona Rays. Photo from their “Poser / Getaways” 7″.

On the IG™, I am curating Stories™ with song samples from my record collection which I am organizing by location. Additionally, I have a link to a playlist of featured artists (if their songs exist on Spotify™) in the bio of the IG™.

Feel free to follow along on Instagram™ for this journey and PLEASE always hit me up with facts, stories, recommendations and the like!!

: @conspiracyofwomen



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Jen B.

Jen B. Larson occasionally contributes music writing to Please Kill Me and Victim of Time. She also authors fiction for Disappearing Media and sings, screams, and shreds in the bands beastii and the late Swimsuit Addition. Bankrolling her creative habit by teaching at an arts high school in Chicago, she spends her free time researching for and drafting her first book, which is forthcoming on Feral House Publishing. Follow the Instagram @conspiracyofwomen for features of cool women of early punk.

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