‘Neither pure love nor imitating capitalism’: Euro WILD and the invention of women’s music distribution in Europe, 1980-1982

Withers, D-M (2017) ‘Neither pure love nor imitating capitalism’: Euro WILD and the invention of women’s music distribution in Europe, 1980-1982. Feminist Review. ISSN 0141-7789 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Euro Women’s Independent Label Distribution (WILD) was a pan-European network of feminist music distributors active in the early 1980s. They were affiliated to WILD, the US-based women’s music distribution network founded in 1979 to disseminate the growing corpus of Women’s Music emerging from the US Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM). This article presents an interpretation of archive materials that document Euro WILD’s activities from the Women’s Revolution Per Minute archive, housed at Women’s Art Library, London. Constrained and enabled by the archive materials on offer, I re-visit some of the practical and political problems the network faced as European distributors of US Women’s Music. Key issues explored include the perception of US cultural imperialism by women based in Europe and the affective politics that circulated trans-nationally between distributors. Finally this article explores how the concept and practice of the Women’s Music Industry changed when women beyond the borders of the US engaged with it.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Women’s Music, Women’s Music Industry, Archive Methodologies, Euro WILD, Distribution, Cultural Imperialism
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0621 Culture
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study
Depositing User: D-M Withers
Date Deposited: 04 May 2018 11:07
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 14:07
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75614

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