Mighty Sparrow: the king of calypso on freedom, Windrush and oral sex

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

 
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Art, Culture & Appropriation: Police and Thieves

On the intertwined histories of music, sampling and influence

Frieze | September 15, 2017

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Vivien Goldman: my Kid Creole musical was a hard nut to crack

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

 
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Never mind the swastikas: the secret history of the UK's 'punky Jews'

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


Dread, beat and blood

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

 

Pussy Riot's Cause Is Celebrated At The Ace Hotel

The Village Voice  |  August 17, 2012

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The Riot Girls’ Style

Vivien Goldman discusses Pussy Riot and their Punk D.I.Y. style

T Magazine  |  August 9, 2012

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The Best of Everything

Vivien Goldman on the importance of the steamy 1950s novel that was ahead of its time

BBC Radio 4  |  August 9, 2012

 

Lasses of the Mohicans

Vivien Goldman charts the history of Britain's rebellious female punks

NewStatesman  |  October 31, 2011

 

International Hit Parade Column | NPR Music


 
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Poly Styrene, Lost & Found

Like many of her peers, she discovered the sound of being a grown woman

The Village Voice  |  May 4, 2011

 
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For Him, Reggae Is the Family Business

Stephen McGregor, the leading young Jamaican dancehall producer

The New York Times  |  September 21, 2008

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Dread, Beat and Blood

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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Jeepers Creepers

Style piece for New York Times T Mag on Teddy Boy fashion

The New York Times  |  August 29, 2004

 

BBC America's Ask The Punk Professor

BBC America  |  2007–2008