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Influential Punk and New Wave Women in 1980.

Influential Punk and New Wave Women in 1980.

Above Photo: Some of the Faces of Punk and New Wave in 1980. Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Viv Albertine of the Slits, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Pauline Black of the Selecter, Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.

 I’ve always liked this series of photographs which depict some of the then-influential women in the world of Punk and New Wave music in 1980. Almost all of them, or their bands, also receive mentions in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!.

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Taken in a hotel in London by Michael Putland, and copyrighted to Getty Images, they show some of the female movers and shakers of the Punk and New Wave band scene, although I doubt it’s meant to be a definitive photograph; probably only depicting people the photographer/PR people could quickly gather with a few days notice.

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For example, just off the top of my head, from back then, here’s a list of some other people worthy of inclusion but not shown (and I’m sure there are many others): Pauline Murray of Penetration, Toyah Wilcox,  Fay Fife (the Rezillos), Gaye Advert (the Adverts), Gee Vaucher and/or Eve Libertine (Crass), Kate Korus (the Modettes), and others I’m sure would have had to be included in a definitive group photo.

But no matter. Not a bad effort all the same, and a great set of photos.

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  1. Tuan

    From what I remember reading about this photo series it was Debbie Harry who arranged for all the ladies to come together to the hotel to hang out where she was staying. She was touring with Blondie at the time and was in London. I don’t know if this is true but I remember reading the story of how it came about.

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