We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s and 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene

Author(s): Stacy Russo

grrrls | punk & punk rock

The punk rock scene of the 1970s and '80s in Southern California is widely acknowledged as one of the most vibrant, creative periods in all of rock and roll history. And while many books have covered the artists who contributed to the music of that era, none have exclusively focused on the vitality and influence of the women who played such a crucial role in this incredibly dynamic and instrumental movement.

We Were Going to Change the World captures the stories of women who were active in the SoCal punk rock scene during this historic time, adding an important voice to its cultural and musical record. Through exclusive interviews with musicians, journalists, photographers, and fans, Stacy Russo has captured the essence of why these women were drawn to punk rock, what they witnessed, and how their involvement in this empowering scene ended up influencing the rest of their lives.

From such hugely influential musicians and performers as Exene Cervenka, Alice Bag, Kira, Phranc, Johanna Went, Teresa Covarrubias, and Jennifer Precious Finch, to such highly regarded journalists, DJs, and photographers as Ann Summa, Jenny Lens, Kristine McKenna, Pleasant Gehman, and Stella, to the fans and scenesters who supported the bands and added so much color and energy to the scene, We Were Going to Change the World is an important oral history of the crucial contributions women injected into the Southern California punk rock scene of the 1970s and '80s. Empowering, touching, and informative, Stacy Russo's collection of interviews adds a whole new dimension to the literature of both punk rock and women's studies.


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Stacy Russo grew up in the 1980s Southern California punk rock scene. She is a librarian and professor at Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, California. Stacy is the editor of Life as Activism: June Jordan's Writings from The Progressive (Litwin Books, 2014) and the author of The Library as Place in California (McFarland, 2007). Her articles, poetry, and reviews have appeared in Feminist Teacher, Feminist Collections, American Libraries, Counterpoise, Library Journal, the Chaffey Review, and Serials Review. Stacy is an active poet and writer in the independent publishing and zine community in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. Her self-published poetry zines include Poems a Librarian Wrote on Her Lunch Break and Young and Hungry in Paradise. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley; Chapman University; and San Jose State University.

1. Alice Bag

2. Alison Braun

3. Angelita Figueroa Salas

4. Ann Summa

5. Candace D'Andrea aka Lolly Pop

6. Cate Garcia

7. Cecily Desmond

8. D.D. Wood (Grisham)

9. Ewa Wojciak

10. Exene Cervenka

11. Heather L Griffin

12. Jamie Lurtz

13. Janis Olson

14. Jennifer Precious Finch

15. Jennifer Schwartz

16. Jenny Lens, MFA

17. Johanna Went

18. Kara Nicks

19. Kathy Rodgers

20. Kira

21. Kirsten (Bruce) Meekins

22. Kristine McKenna

23. Laura Beth Bachman

24. Linda Ziggy Daniels

25. Liz Saba Rayon

26. Lori Westover

27. Melanie B.

28. Monica Carapello

29. Phranc

30. Pleasant Gehman

31. Renie

32. Shareeeeeek aka Sharee M Moore

33. Stella

34. Tammy Talbot

35. Teresa Covarrubias

36. Texacala Jones

37. Zizi "Carrot Woman" Howell

General Fields

  • : 9781595800923
  • : Santa Monica Press
  • : Santa Monica Press
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stacy Russo
  • : Paperback
  • : 312