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Angry Women (RE/Search #13)

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Sixteen performance artists discuss human sexuality, racism, sexism, and the ways in which art can be used to break down taboos and dogma.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Re/Search Publications (first published 1991)
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Rage meets Wisdom meets Feminism meets FTW moments meets WTF moments. A therapeutic reading experience involving mild electric shocks.
Oct 21, 2007 M. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: you
Shelves: best-ever
DIAMANDA GALAS: The original nature of woman's voice has always been tied to witches and the shamanistic experience--the witch as transvestite/transsexual having the power of both male and female.

LYDIA LUNCH: They're killing too much of the earth and not enough of the people! Another reversal of intelligence.

bell hooks: In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, there's a moment when the little girl, a victim of rape/incest, says to another little girl whom she wants to be angry, "Anger is better -- the
Mar 03, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing
This was a suprisingly incredible read. It is 1991 interviews with feminists from many different walks of life. They didn't shy away from showing completely opposite views in the same group. These are real women, so of course everyone is different. This really made me think about my views on pornography, prostitution, and abortion. It is healthy to think, so the book gets an A++. My favorites were bell hooks and Susie Bright. bell has a very wonderful perspective on class and women. Susie has th ...more
this book is such a trip. i really like it. it's all crazy oldschool poisonous flowers along the margins, goddess energy, fake-bloody-knife holding picture-taking, labrys-wielding, medusa-snake cover, let-me-show-you-my-cervix article-writing insanity. i love it.
Apr 27, 2009 Alan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: My sister.
Recommended to Alan by: The August and Under-Beloved Mel Clay
Despite being the only book ever to rival this one in heinousness of cover art---description--I think Angry Women is one of the most important books of the Nineties if not the late 20th century--both as historical text and timeless shriek. It was an incredible education to read this, a lost trove, an oral history of late feminism through the lens of the most uncompromising, visceral, lacerating intelligences then performing art. It has it's flaws. They make better history. Everyone should read this.
Anita Dalton
A very dated but very interesting look at counter-culture and fringe women artists, performers and writers. Definitely worth a read.
Can't review this book because the bell hooks (and Lydia Lunch, less so) interview motivated me in the same way as all the David Foster Wallace I've read did, not to be ironic, flippant, not to operate on default mechanisms of distrust, fear, and meanness, not to be afraid of loneliness, not to perpetuate hurt, and then talking about it I get very serious and humorless, and I can't be any of those things on the internet without also being self-editing. The internet is the exact place to be ironi ...more
Rita Brinkerhoff
Feb 13, 2008 Rita Brinkerhoff rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every dang person
This book is a great history lesson. I love interviews!!! I think I read the Diamanda Galas interview about 20 times. You get her, bell hooks, Lydia Lunch, Karen Finley, Valie Export (who blew my mind!), and more more more.
Dan's Obsessions

KATHY ACKER: In early books, the characters changed gender a lot: I never got 'his' and 'her' right! And the dumb reason was: I just didn't remember, I didn't care. ... I think the reason was probably my hatred of gender
Bonnie Burton
Sep 10, 2009 Bonnie Burton rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! Find out what makes performance artists such as Diamanda Galas, Annie Sprinkle and Karen Finley tick and ticked off.
Jun 20, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Great snap shot of some great late 80s early 90s feminists, performance artists and heros! My copy is old, worn, well loved and often read.
Meg Powers
Oct 06, 2009 Meg Powers rated it it was ok
Shelves: real-weirdos
Bleh. If you want any more reasons to be annoyed by no-wave lady Lydia Lunch, read on. I've enjoyed the other RE/Search books so far, although the interviewer tends to take on a very fanboy/girl tone.
I love feminist performance art, particularly from the 70s and 80s, and they profile women I respect-Maria Abramovic, Carolee Schneeman, etc, but this publication tends to make every performer read like the typical perception of feminist performance artists -think of a team of more violent, man-hat
Tristan Goding
Nov 05, 2015 Tristan Goding rated it really liked it
Now THIS book, wow. This was a real tour-de-force. This is the kind of feminist literature that I like. Aggressive, fearless, transgressive, thought-provoking, and taboo-shattering. It's the kind of book that makes earth seem even more like an alien planet than it already is. For those who want to experience a real culture shock, you'll definitely be doing yourself a favor by reading this one. I've read this one a few times, and it's probably one of my favorites. It's also very re-readable. I do ...more
Jun 20, 2007 HeavyReader rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: angry and not so angry people
At some point in the early 90s, I realized that evey cool, strong woman I knew had a copy of this book on her bookshelf, and I decided that I needed to have one of my own. I went out and got myself one, although I can't remember where.

This is the book where I first heard of so many amazing female artists and writers and thinkers: Susie Bright, bell hooks, Karen Finley, Sapphire. Annie Sprinkle is in this book too, and I will never forget her claiming to have saved a man's life by giving him a bl
Reading this book and its companion, Angry Women in Rock, gave me some my first experiences with queer culture and feminism in general. It was also the most radical thing I had ever encountered, as a 16 or 17 year old baby dyke just realizing how many different types of women in the world there were. I remember reading this and feeling positively subversive. Reading about these women made me feel less alone in my small midwestern town. It also make me feel totally inspired to do something great, ...more
Jan 10, 2008 Maria rated it really liked it
I first read parts of this book as an undergrad during the peak of political correctness in the 90's and when I first realized what feminism meant. It was loaded and biting. I remember wondering about how dated it would be and so decided not to buy it. Chris saw it at a bookstore in 2006 and decided to pick it up for me. I've been re-reading some of it since then and realize how significant this publications is in the history of feminism and performance. Thanks Chris for picking it up--I love it ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Lily rated it it was amazing
This is a very important book. I wish it had included more voices of artists of color, but I can't say it has disappointed in any other way. The interviews are in depth and telling and vivifying and help so much to contextualize the art practices of these trailblazers who kicked the door open for future generations. Thank you to bell & Lydia & Susan & Diamanda & & & et al!! Thank you thank you!!! For being the raddest of the rad.
Apr 02, 2008 Nomy rated it it was amazing
this was the first place that i heard of bell hooks, sapphire, kathy acker, diamanda galas, karen finley, annie sprinkle, lydia lunch, susie bright, and a handful of other totally groundbreaking you-need-to-know-about-them women. i was still in high school i think. later on many of these women came to my attention in different ways and i felt grateful for having a reference point, having read their words in this collection.
Ryan Mishap
Dec 27, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it it was ok
Shelves: feminism, anthology
A large interview book covering everyone from performance artists to sexual performance artists....okay, not exactly fair, because there are talks with bell hooks, Diamandi Galas, Lydia Lunch, and others. Karen Finley is the only performance type artist in the book that I have seen, although I don't think I want to see any of the others--especially the sex orgy with chicken parts all over stage.
Hey, avant garde.
Feb 21, 2008 Andy rated it liked it
As pulpy as this book appears to be, it's pretty sociologically important, just as a historical artifact, and was certainly a sign of things to come (it was published in 1992). What lies within is 90's feminism in all its glory, or vainglory, its reasoned insights and wretched excesses (e.g. some of the absurdities perpetrated in the name of performance art), its embarrassing errors of thought, and yes, its anger, which is either appropriate or insane (case sensitive).
Claire Genevieve
Dec 05, 2013 Claire Genevieve rated it it was amazing
A rare insight into the thoughts of feminists and artists, (and feminist artists). There are few books covering the lives and opinions of women in performance art (and other art) so this was a welcome book back when I read it about 20 years ago.

Every woman interviewed was a gem.
Mar 20, 2008 Leilani rated it liked it
Shelves: art, music
This book has really great interviews with bell hooks and Diamanda Galas, but unfortunately the other people were more boring than not. Can we get a few more angry women in there who identify as more than just performance artists?
Aug 06, 2007 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Re/Search books are f@&king fantastic. And this one introduced me to the ladies who pushed it harder than anyone and currently still expand the poles. If you ever find this one, freaking pay what they ask for it.
Apr 01, 2008 Deirdra rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, It's collection of various interviews. I don't know if this publishing company is still around. They had a line of great books that they published.
Jan 15, 2008 CC rated it it was amazing
Amazing resource. bell hooks, Susie Bright, Diamanda Galas, et al in one volume. Insight abounds.
Jun 23, 2007 Holly rated it it was amazing
so amazing!
Oct 05, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing
An old favorite... warm and comfy like a worn-in hairshirt
Aug 28, 2007 Mo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
Lydia Lunch and Diamanda Galas in the same book? And then there was Annie Sprinkle, Kathy Acker and Avital Ronell, too. Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!
May 29, 2014 Gena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
Read thins when it came out. I love the whole RESearch series.
Dec 05, 2007 AnitaDurt rated it really liked it
i read this in highschool and really liked it. it was how i first learned about annie sprinkle and other she-roes in my life. i remember wanting to be IN this book. i still do...
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Japanese-American writer and publisher. He also played keyboards for the later famous power trio Blue Cheer.

In 1977 he started to publish the punk fanzine "Search and destroy" In 1980, he began publication of RE/Search, a tabloid format zine focusing on various counterculture and underground topics.

RE/Search later became always a format for books, of which Vale is a regular contributor.
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