The press launched in March 2011 with a biography of enigmatic actor, writer and director Patrick McGoohan who starred in cult TV series The Prisoner. Which was followed by a series on Women and Arts examining the position of female filmmakers, musicians, theatre directors, architects, artists and fashion designers within their chosen sector.
This series explores new talent alongside the work of recognised pioneers in each field, placing all within a historical context and asking what the future has in store for these women and their contemporaries. Each book also suggests ways for readers to become actively involved and provide comprehensive resource lists detailing festivals, workshops, online communities and DIY strategies for self-starters.
In WOMEN MAKE NOISE musicians, journalists, promoters and fans excavate the hidden story of the all-girl band: from country belles of the 20s-40s and girl groups of the 60s, to prog rock goddesses, women's liberationists and punks of the 70s-80s; from riot grrrl activists and queercore anarchists of the 90s to radical protesters Pussy Riot and the most inspiring all-girl bands today. These aren't the manufactured acts of some pop svengali, these groups write their own songs, play their own instruments and make music together on their own terms.
All-girl bands have made radical contributions to feminism, culture and politics as well as well as producing some unique, influential and innovative music. It is time to celebrate the outspoken voices, creative talents and gutsy performances of the all-girl bands who demand we take notice.
"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, de-briefed or numbered"
-Patrick McGoohan as 'Number Six' in The Prisoner