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|Born||August 16, 1940
New York, NY, U.S.
|Labels||Women's Wax Works (Ladyslipper)|
Alix Dobkin was born in New York City into a Jewish Communist family, and raised in Philadelphia and Kansas City. She graduated from Germantown High School in 1958 and the Tyler School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1962. She began performing on the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene in 1962 and three years later married Sam Hood who ran the Gaslight Cafe. They moved to Miami and opened The Gaslight South Cafe, but moved back to New York in 1968. Their daughter Adrian was born two years later, and the following year the marriage broke up. A few months later, Dobkin came out as a lesbian, which was uncommon for a public personality to do at the time.
She has since released a number of albums as well as a songbook and has toured throughout the US, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand promoting lesbian culture and community through womyn's music. Dobkin has been a highly vocal proponent of women-only space through her consistent exclusion of males. In one letter to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, she explained, "For over twenty years men have declared themselves 'women,' manipulated their bodies and then demanded the feminist seal of approval from survivors of girlhood.... [My lyrics] are not 'oppressive' but refer to those of us who have a girlhood & a clitoris, & no one else." Her controversial criticisms of postmodernism, sadomasochism, transgenderism and other issues, including her piece "The Emperor's New Gender", have appeared in several of her written columns, "Minstrel Blood."
Dobkin has a small and devoted audience, has been called a "womyn's music legend" by Spin Magazine, "pithy" by The Village Voice, "Biting...inventive... imaginative" by New Age Journal, "uncompromising" in the New York Times Magazine, and "a troublemaker" by the FBI. She gained some unexpected fame in the 1980s when comedians such as David Letterman and Howard Stern tracked down her landmark Lavender Jane Loves Women album, and began playing phrases from the song "View From Gay Head" on the air.
Dobkin is a member of the OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) Steering Committee, and her memoirs were published in October 2009 by Alyson Books. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley where she dotes on her two grandsons and granddaughter.
- Lavender Jane Loves Women (1973)
- Living with Lesbians (1975)
- Xx Alix (1980)
- These Women (1986)
- Yahoo Australia! Live from Sydney (1990)
- Love & Politics (compilation, 1992)
- Living with Lavender Jane (CD re-release of first two albums, 1998)
- (Not Just A Songbook) (1978)
- Alix Dobkin's Adventures In Women's Music (1979)
- My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement (2009)
- Gianoulis, Tina. "Dobkin, Alix (b. 1940)". GLBTQ Encyclopedia. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
- Dobkin, Alix (September 1, 2014). "Alix Dobkin's letter to Kate Kendell of the National Council of Lesbian Women". DYKE, A Quarterly. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
- "Deconstruct This!". Feminist Reprise Library. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- Dobkin, Alix (2000). "Sadomasochism: It's a Republican Thing". off our backs 30 (6): 16. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- "MINSTREL BLOOD: (IN)FAMOUS LAST WORDS (FOR NOW)". Windy City Media Group. Retrieved 2012-10-13.