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Vivien Goldman

Vivien Goldman
Background information
Born (1954-08-25) August 25, 1954
London, England
Genres Pop, punk rock, new wave, rock, experimental rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Associated acts The Flying Lizards

Vivien Goldman (born 25 August 1954)[1] is a British journalist, writer and musician.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
    • Musical career 2.1
    • Academic career 2.2
  • Books 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

She was born in London, the child of two German-Jewish refugees from National-Socialist Germany. She studied English and American literature at the University of Warwick.


She began her career as a PR officer for Island Records.

Musical career

Goldman lived in Paris for a year and a half, where she was a member of new wave duo Chantage, which gained modest fame in France. She released the "Dirty Washing EP" in 1981, with tracks produced by John Lydon and Adrian Sherwood. The EP appeared first on Ed Bahlman's iconic 99 Records imprint on 3 June 1981.[2]

In August 1981, two of the tracks from the EP, "Launderette" and "Private Armies," were issued as a 7" single in the UK.[3] Later the song "Launderette" was included on Gomma Records' "Anti NY" compilation and the Chicks On Speed-produced Girl Monster collection. In that year she also contributed vocals (on the track "Private Armies," which is actually "Private Armies Dub," or "P.A. Dub," from the EP) to the New Age Steppers' self-titled debut.

Goldman wrote for the music magazines NME, Sounds and Melody Maker about reggae, punk and post-punk. She was a member of The Flying Lizards, shared a flat with fellow NME journalist and The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde.

Goldman wrote songs for artists such as Massive Attack and launched the video career of Flavor Flav. She also penned the first biography of Bob Marley.

Academic career

Goldman is also an accomplished documentarian and adjunct professor of punk and reggae at New York University's (NYU) Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. She is also an adjunct professor of musical cultures and industry at Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information (Rutgers University).

In January 2007, BBC America began a regular Ask the Punk Professor feature on their website with Goldman answering questions and commenting on current events. The feature ran through 2008.

Goldman appeared as an interviewee in the documentary about British reggae group, Steel Pulse.


  • The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century (2006)
  • The Black Chord: Visions of the Groove: Connections between Afro-Beats, Rhythm and Blues, Hip Hop, and More (with David Corio) (1999)
  • Pearl's Delicious Jamaican Dishes: Recipes from Pearl Bell's Repertoire (1992)
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Indiscreet (1984)
  • Bob Marley, Soul Rebel - Natural Mystic (1981)


  1. ^ Vivian Goldman: Never Mind the Swastikas. Der Freitag, 13 March 2014. p. 15
  2. ^ "Dirty washing / vocals Vivien Goldman". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Launderette". Retrieved 3 October 2013. 

External links

  • Vivien Goldman's Website
  • Vivien Goldman profile at Rock's Back Pages
  • 99 Records History
  • Video: PUNKCAST#143 Vivien Goldman @ Barnard College - NYC April 11, 2002
  • Video: PUNKCAST#974 Book reading @ Soho McNally Robinson NYC May 25, 2006
  • News related to Vivien Goldman: An interview with the Punk Professor at Wikinews
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