Vivien Goldman

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Vivien Goldman

Vivien Goldman (born 25 August 1954)[1] is a British journalist, writer and musician.

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in London, the child of two German-Jewish refugees from National-Socialist Germany. She studied English and American literature at the University of Warwick.

Career[edit]

She began her career as a PR officer for Island Records.

Musical career[edit]

Goldman lived in Paris for a year and a half, where she was a member of new wave duo Chantage, which gained modest fame in France. She released the "Dirty Washing EP" in 1981, with tracks produced by John Lydon and Adrian Sherwood. The EP appeared first on Ed Bahlman's iconic 99 Records imprint on 3 June 1981.[2]

In August 1981, two of the tracks from the EP, "Launderette" and "Private Armies," were issued as a 7" single in the UK.[3] Later the song "Launderette" was included on Gomma Records' "Anti NY" compilation and the Chicks On Speed-produced Girl Monster collection. In that year she also contributed vocals (on the track "Private Armies," which is actually "Private Armies Dub," or "P.A. Dub," from the EP) to the New Age Steppers' self-titled debut.

Goldman wrote for the music magazines NME, Sounds and Melody Maker about reggae, punk and post-punk. She was a member of The Flying Lizards, shared a flat with fellow NME journalist and The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde.

Goldman wrote songs for artists such as Massive Attack.[citation needed] Goldman launched the video career of Flavor Flav.[citation needed] Goldman penned the first biography of Bob Marley.

Academic career[edit]

Goldman is also an accomplished documentarian and adjunct professor of punk and reggae at New York University's (NYU) Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. She is also an adjunct professor of musical cultures and industry at Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information (Rutgers University).

In January 2007, BBC America began a regular Ask the Punk Professor feature on their website with Goldman answering questions and commenting on current events. The feature ran through 2008.

Goldman is set to appear as an interview in an upcoming documentary about British reggae group, Steel Pulse.[4]

Books[edit]

  • The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century (2006)
  • The Black Chord: Visions of the Groove: Connections between Afro-Beats, Rhythm and Blues, Hip Hop, and More (with David Corio) (1999)
  • Pearl's Delicious Jamaican Dishes: Recipes from Pearl Bell's Repertoire (1992)
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Indiscreet (1984)
  • Bob Marley, Soul Rebel - Natural Mystic (1981)

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Vivian Goldman: Never Mind the Swastikas. Der Freitag, 13 March 2014. p. 15
  2. ^ "Dirty washing / vocals Vivien Goldman". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Launderette". Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "SteelPulse". Retrieved 13 May 2014. 

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