Vivien Goldman has developed and taught courses in Reggae and Punk for the Clive Davis Department. Her journalism appears in the New York Times, Black Book, the UK Observer and New Statesman. The most recent of her five books is "The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century," (Three Rivers Press/Random House) which was described as "vivid and intimate" by Rolling Stone. Her second book on Marley, it includes the brief period she spent as his PR at Island Records before the band was famous, right after her graduation from university in the early 1970s.
After quitting Bob's PR to become a full-time journalist in the UK rock weeklies, Goldman continued a lengthy association with the label, covering many of their other artists such as Grace Jones, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Aswad, Burning Spear and U2. Combined with her connections with the early US hiphop movement, as Def Jam was forming, Goldman's course offers a unique and revealing insight into the hugely influential history of Jamaica music — and an entrée to parallel worlds that co-exist within popular music itself.
Courses devised and taught at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts:
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: 2012
Classic Punk and Beyond: 2005 – 2011
Bob Marley and the Wailers: 2011
Island Records: 2009
Jamaican Music: 2006
PANEL DISCUSSIONS & LECTURES
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble performed Marley’s Exodus album in its entirety, to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the album’s release. The evening included special guest Vivien Goldman.
February 2, 2017
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
A suite of Marley’s music featured dub readings from renowned writer, broadcaster, educator, and post-punk musician Vivien Goldman, Marley’s key biographer.
January 28, 2016
Vivien Goldman’s Punky Reggae Party Show
This 60-minute, immersive multi-media presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q&A “Reasoning,” illuminated the brief, glorious time of the UK movement dubbed 'The Punky Reggae Party' by Bob Marley; and its meaning today, when so many people seem to have given up on music as a form of communication and protest.
100 Ten Years of British Punk Fanzines:
The Mott Collection Panel MoMA/Ps1 New York Art Book Fair
Punk on Paper – The Mott Collection Panel w/Billy Idol, Honor Fraser Gallery, L.A.
Bob Marley's Exodus.
Rototom Reggae Sunsplash Festival, Benicassim, Spain
How Punk Freed Female Musicians for the Dept of Cultural Education at the Museum of Modern Art
Castilla Y Leon, Spain
The Black Chord: Roots of Dancehall onstage at Hamburg's Kampfnagel Theatre, Germany
Women photographer's panel at the Brooklyn Museum's ‘Who Shot Rock'n'Roll’ exhibition
Gilbert and George, Brooklyn Museum
Museum of the Diaspora, NY
NYU Steinway School – Punky Reggae Party
St. George's College: Bob Marley, A Revolutionary Legacy
Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, Bob Marley
NYU Public Enemy
Barnard Mandingo Music
Barnard College Forum on Migration: ONE DROP –
How Jamaica Changed the World's Music
(with photographer David Corio & DJ Ras Kush)
Barnard Forum on Migration musical events
2002/4 with bhangra pioneer DJ Rekha and dhol drummers; and klezmer/jazz innovators, Chasidic New Wave together with Senegalese mbalax drummers.