Vicky Aspinall

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Victoria "Vicky" Aspinall was the violinist in the English post-punk band The Raincoats from 1978 to 1984, and a founder in 1992 of a dance label named Fresh Records (not the post-punk label of the same name), a UK independent record label.

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. ^ "Blog Archive » Jam Today – Stroppy Cow Records 1981". Kill Your Pet Puppy. 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  2. ^ The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era by Helen Reddington. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2007. p.142, ISBN 978-0754657736
  3. ^ Time Out, April 2005