Shive in Central Park, New York, 2005
|Birth name||Madigan Rachel Ruth Shive|
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Instruments||Cello, guitar, vocals|
|Labels||Kill Rock Stars
|Associated acts||Tattle Tale
She is a cellist, singer and guitarist, formerly of the band Tattle Tale and currently fronting her own ensemble, Bonfire Madigan. She undertakes commissioned pieces and performances for live theatre and film. She was a part of the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s and her songs have been included in independent feature and documentary films.
Shive's parents were "intentional future community" people; her mother called her Running Pony until she was about six years old, and regularly changed her name. Shive eventually chose one of them, Madigan, as her permanent name when she was a teenager. The family lived in a teepee in Washington for about two years when she was a child, and moved often. She learned to play cello from age nine.
In 1992 at age seventeen she formed the Seattle based duo Tattle Tale with Jen Wood. Tattle Tale were a part of the riot grrrl movement. They released a cassette album, Tattle Tale, on the Kill Rock Stars label and a CD album on St. Francis Records. The band broke up in 1995.
In 1995 Shive formed her own artist run music label, MoonPuss Music and began solo releases as 'Madigan'. She released the Rock Stop EP in 1996. The song "Pity Rock" from the EP featured in the film Sleeping Beauties by Jamie Babbit. Babbit also featured Tattle Tale's "Glass Vase Cello Case" as the love theme in her film But I'm a Cheerleader (1999). In 1996 Shive also released the Fortunes From The F-Holes album.
In 1997 she formed the ensemble project 'Bonfire Madigan' with original members contrabassist Sheri Ozeki, guitarist Shelley Doty, and percussionist Tomas (Tomas Palermo). The music has been described as "mixes classical stringed elements with modern beats and percussion into a punk-influenced, emotional concoction." Bonfire Madigan continues as a collaborative effort with other rotating musicians recording, performing and touring.
Shive has been actively hearing voices and having experiences of that mainstream psychiatry would call delusions but that she frames differently, including mood extremes, all her life. In 2003 she became a founding collective member of The Icarus Project alongside Sascha Scatter, Jacks Ashley McNamara and Will Hall. The Icarus Project is a mental health movement characterized by the view that many phenomena commonly labeled as mental illness should actually be regarded as "dangerous gifts". She has said "We see our madness as a dangerous gift to be cultivated and taken care of, not a disease to be cured".
In 2008 Shive was a contributing author to the anthology Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction on Seven Stories Press.
Shive has completed a variety of commissioned pieces and performances for live theatre and film since 2006. Chad Jones, reviewing her performance in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore at the American Conservatory Theater for SF Theatre Examiner, wrote "What makes the play worth seeing is the live music provided by punk cellist/vocalist Bonfire Madigan Shive, a fascinating performer who connects to the play more viscerally than the actors."
With Tattle Tale
- Tell/Yell (1993), Kill Rock Stars - demo album on cassette
- Tattle Tale (1994), Kill Rock Stars - EP / album on cassette
- Early daze (1994), Pillarbox Red Records - 7" EP
- Sew True (1995), St. Francis - album on CD
- Alderwood Mall / Loose lips (1995), Chou Chou records - 7" single
- Plays With Herself (1995), MoonPuss Music / Live Transmission Records (Portland, OR) - 7" single
- Rock Stop (1996), MoonPuss Music - EP on 12" and CD
- Fortunes From The F-Holes (1996), MoonPuss Music - cassette album
As Bonfire Madigan
- ...From the Burnpile (1998), Kill Rock Stars
- Saddle the Bridge (2000), Kill Rock Stars
- Plays for Change (2003), MoonPuss Music - live recording
- I Bleed: a decade of song (2008), MoonPuss Music - a compilation of mostly previously released work as Tattle Tale, Madigan and Bonfire Madigan
- 88 (2002), MoonPuss Music
- Lady Saves (2009), Moonpuss Music - 12". Includes remixes by Neotropic and Dub I.D. (Tomas Palermo)). Edition of 1000 copies, hand numbered.
Contributions to other releases
- Pixies Fuckin' Die! (1999), LifeLike Records - compilation album of Pixies covers to which Shive contributed "Monkey Gone to Heaven"
- Gone Ain't Gone (2006), ANTI- - album by Tim Fite. Shive played cello on "The More You Do"
- 2006: Prepared solo cello suites for Vigil of Light at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA.
- 2008: Live score written and performed for 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, directed by Carey Perloff, at the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore is a tragedy written by John Ford.
- 2008: Live material for Twisted Christmas program at Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, London. Also featured Jarvis Cocker, Patrick Wolf, Sandy Dillon, Daniel Knox, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Smoke Fairies, Foy Vance, Kathryn Williams and Neill MacColl, and Frank Sidebottom.
- 2008: Performing composer for Powerful Voices, Women of Ancient Greek Drama at The Onassis Cultural Center, New York.
- 2010: Original recorded score for The Lion in Winter at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA.
- 2010: Composer and musical director for a new English translation of Sophocles' Elektra at Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, featuring Olympia Dukakis.
- 1998: "Pity Rock" by Madigan featured in Sleeping Beauties short film by Jamie Babbit.
- 1999: "Glass Vase Cello Case" by Tattle Tale featured in But I'm a Cheerleader feature film by Jamie Babbit.
- 2001: "Snowfell Summer" by Bonfire Madigan featured in Chain Camera feature length documentary film by Kirby Dick.
- 2002: "Scraps" by Bonfire Madigan featured in Better Luck Tomorrow feature film by Justin Lin.
- 2006: "Cage" by Bonfire Madigan featured in Laibach 3: Divided States of America / Laibach Live (2006).
Other film contributions
- 2002: "7 Mile Lane" performed live by Bonfire Madigan, and an interview with Shive, featured in D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist documentary film by Michael W. Dean. Also includes contributions from Ian MacKaye, J Mascis, John John Jesse, Jim Rose, J. G. Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Mike Watt, Richard Kern Ron Asheton, and Dave Brockie.
- 2003: "Mad Skywriting" performed live by Bonfire Madigan in Angel Food by Harper Carter. 26-minute documentary short film following Shive on her solo tour of France.
- 2006: "Mad Skywriting" performed live by Bonfire Madigan in Don't Need You: the Herstory of Riot Grrrl documentary film about the origins of the Riot Grrrl movement.
- 2009: Score, starring role and co-director (with Hilary Goldberg) of Transliminal Criminal short film.
- 2010: Shive contributed cello compositions for Crooked Beauty documentary short film by Ken Paul Rosenthal about artist-activist Jacks McNamara's journey from childhood abuse to psych ward inpatient to mental health advocacy.
Books with contributions by Shive
- Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-destruction. New York, NY: Seven Stories, 2008. ISBN 978-1-58322-827-2. Edited by Sabrina Chapadjiev. Shive contributes a chapter, "Cello Speak: Exploring New Languages for Madness". Also with contributions from Carol Queen, Daphne Gottlieb, Cristy C. Road, Patricia Smith, Fly, Inga M. Muscio, Nicole Blackman, Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, Silas Howard, Toni Blackman, Diane DiMassa, Stephanie Howell, Carolyn Gage, bell hooks, Nan Goldin, Kate Bornstein and Eileen Myles.
- "Koèju feat. Nora Yuyue Zheng", Global Oslo Music. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- Pritchett, Jenny (2002). "An Interview with Madigan Shive". Posthoc.com. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
- "Bio/Herstory", Madigan Shive. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Tattle Tale Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
- "Mutha Interviews Bonfire Madigan Shive", Mutha Magazine. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Tattle Tale – Tattle Tale", discogs.com. Accessed 25 June 2014.
- "Tattle Tale – Sew True", discogs.com. Accessed 25 June 2014.
- "But I'm a Cheerleader (1999): Soundtracks", IMDB. Accessed 20 June 2014.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Bonfire Madigan Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
- "Bonfire Madigan To Play Confab ", MTV News. Accessed 27 June 2014.
- "Bonfire Madigan's Shive Fights Eviction". Aversion.com. 2001-07-03. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
- "Mad Pride at Virginia Tech", American Public Media. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Easter Vigil: A Dramatic Presentation", The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "A.C.T. History", American Conservatory Theater. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Twisted Christmas - 2008", Barbican Centre.
- "Theater review: 'Elektra' at the Getty Villa", Los Angeles Times. Accessed 25 June 2014.
- "Sophocles' Elektra Staged at the Getty Villa", Huffington Post. Accessed 25 June 2014.
- "The Venerable Brought to Vivid Life", Wall Street Journal. Accessed 25 June 2014.
- "But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)", IMDB. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Chain Camera Transcription", Kirby Dick. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)", IMDB. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist (2002) ", IMDB. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Angel Food", International Short Film Festival - Clermont-Ferrand. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Angel Food (2003)", IMDB. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Urban Cowgirl Productions: Don't Need You", Urban Cowgirl Productions. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Transliminal Criminal (2009)", IMDB. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Credits", Ken Paul Rosenthal. Accessed 26 June 2014.
- "Crooked Beauty", Ken Paul Rosenthal. Accessed 26 June 2014.