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Angry Women (RE/Search #13)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  628 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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.
Jul 28, 2009 Alan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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 5 of 5 stars
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.
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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
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.
Bonnie Burton
LOVED this book! Find out what makes performance artists such as Diamanda Galas, Annie Sprinkle and Karen Finley tick and ticked off.
Anita Dalton
A very dated but very interesting look at counter-culture and fringe women artists, performers and writers. Definitely worth a read.
Meg Powers
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
Read thins when it came out. I love the whole RESearch series.
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
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
Jun 20, 2007 HeavyReader rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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).
Ryan Mishap
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.
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.
Claire Genevieve
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.
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?
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.
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...
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.
Aug 28, 2007 Mo rated it 5 of 5 stars
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!
I remember this book feeling really relevant to my life and times when i first picked it up. It was validating and insightful of my own experiences.
This book changed my life in 1992. I'm not so sure it would do the same to others today. Alot of this stuff is old hat now. ...HA!
This is one of my all time favorite books because of the amazing people interviewed in it: huge range of life experiences & perspectives.
Amazing resource. bell hooks, Susie Bright, Diamanda Galas, et al in one volume. Insight abounds.
This has everyone from bell hooks to Diamanda Galas - an AMAZING reader on women artists
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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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