“Here, try it on!” the punk poetess Patti Smith urged me. Together with the photographer Dennis Morris and her guitarist Lenny Kaye, we were sifting the racks of a Japanese store, unusual for the times, in West London’s Notting Hill Gate. It was 1976, and Smith had recently begun to find herself in an unusual position for a native of the counterculture—making unprecedented cash from her first LP, Horses, a surprise critical and commercial success. Being a leftist bohemian, she was showing generous integrity by doing something unexpected—she bought both myself and Morris a proper present.
Lithub | May 9, 2019
He inspired Bob Marley’s political awakening, survived a coma, and has sung about everything from sex workers to Khrushchev. And at 83, the calypso great still wants to turn the news into song.
The Guardian | November 16, 2018
We wrap musical genres around us as personal identifiers, like the plastic bracelets folded around newborns’ wrists. Their grooves become as familiar to us as our own heartbeat. So, to some steeped in the revolutionary associations of Jamaican music, hearing the one drop riddim blast out of regular old pop radio on a song like Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” meant betrayal; dancehall had been hijacked and given a bizarre transplant in order to sound like some new entity called “tropical house.”
Pitchfork | January 11, 2019
It is impossible to press records any more on the famously music-driven island. Produced and directed by Vivien Goldman for Vinyl Factory, this short was selected to appear at the Caribbean Film Festival in Amsterdam, Holland. Watch “Pressing Matters in Jamaica”.
YouTube | January 25, 2017
Pitchfork | May 6, 2018
Art Daily | November 2018
On the intertwined histories of music, sampling and influence
Frieze | September 15, 2017
35 years ago today, Laurie Anderson unleashed the era-defining album Big Science. As well as birthing synthesised art-rock, it now seems now to have the quality of eerie prophecy, argues Vivien Goldman.
The Vinyl Factory | April 19, 2017
Three decades after I met Kid Creole and the Coconuts while profiling them for NME, their musical Cherchez la Femme has finally reached the New York stage
The Guardian | May 20, 2016
Punk svengalis Malcolm McLaren and Bernie Rhodes were Jewish, and the faith had an influence on UK labels and journalists. For Jewish kids, meanwhile, the subculture was an 'inclusionary haven'
The Guardian | February 27, 2014
Late 1976, and rival political factions are warring on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, with only Bob Marley calling for peace. In an exclusive extract from her major new book, Vivien Goldman remembers life with Bob Marley at his home on Hope Road and reveals exactly what happened when gunmen came to kill him
The Guardian | July 16, 2006
Vivien Goldman discusses Pussy Riot and their Punk D.I.Y. style
T Magazine | August 9, 2012
Dubspot | February 2, 2012
International Hit Parade Column | NPR Music
Like many of her peers, she discovered the sound of being a grown woman
The Village Voice | May 4, 2011
Stephen McGregor, the leading young Jamaican dancehall producer
The New York Times | September 21, 2008
Late 1976, and rival political factions are warring on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, with only Bob Marley calling for peace. In an exclusive extract from her major new book, Vivien Goldman remembers life with Marley at his home on Hope Road and reveals exactly what happened when gunmen came to kill him.
The Guardian | July 15, 2006
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A Tale of Two Punk Cities, the 2-part BBC Radio 5 series she wrote and presented on Punk’s UK and US roots, is often re-broadcast at festive periods. She is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 5’s Up All Night with Dotun Adebayo.
Prior to moving to the US, Goldman produced and/or directed many music videos as well as UK documentaries. Her video for rappers Eric B & Rakim’s I Ain’t No Joke was shown at the Museum of the Moving Image. For the UK’s Channel 4, she co-hosted The Late Shift a music documentary series with DJ Charlie Gillett, and co-produced Big World Café, a pioneering international music TV series, through her production company, Spellbound Pictures