Vicky Aspinall

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Vicky (Vicki) Aspinall (born c. 1956, England)[citation needed] was the violinist in the English post punk band The Raincoats from 1978 to 1984, and a founder in 1992 of Fresh Records, a UK independent record label with 18 UK Top 40 hits and 23 Club chart #1s to date.

Aspinall was a member of Jam Today, a part of the ‘Women’s Music Movement’ which developed in the late 1970s, playing a hybrid of jazz and rock similar in approach to groups like Henry Cow.[1] She has been credited, by Gina Birch of The Raincoats, with making The Raincoats more aware of feminist ideas.[2]

She was recruited to The Raincoats after she noticed an advertisement which read "female musician wanted: no style but strength" in a radical bookshop in Camden Town.[3]

She is a classically trained violinist, having graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, in the late 1970s.


  1. ^ 7.10.2008
  2. ^ The Lost women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era by Helen Reddington. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2007. p.142
  3. ^ Time Out, April 2005