Vi Subversa: 1935-2016

February 26, 2016 at 12:40 am (Uncategorized)

Last Friday was a pretty crappy day all told. Harper Lee , author of To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away at 89, and Umberto Eco of Foucault’s  Pendulum and The Name of the Rose also died. Less well known, but also important was the passing of Frances Sokolov, better known under her stage name Vi Subversa. Vi was the singer and guitar played in anarcho-feminist punks the Poison Girls.  She was 80.

The first record I heard by her was “Persons Unknown” a split-single the Poison Girls made with Crass as a benefit for London anarchists. (Should mention also that her two children were founding members of the Fatal Microbes). I’ll admit I never followed the band that closely, but liked the stuff I heard. Have a look at the official Poison Girls site to hear some of the stuff she produced.


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