French punk women getting more research attention


This video (audio really) is French all-women punk band The Lou’s playing their song Back On The Street. Three Frenchwomen, one Dutch drummer. The Lou’s were the first all-women band ever in any rock music genre in France.

This crucial band is neglected in punk historiography. The Wikipedia article Women in punk rock does not mention them (for not being British or US American?). The Wikipedia article on French punk does mention them, but only fleetingly (for being women?).

On 5 December 2020, there was the Punk Is Not Dead Pre-conference event of the Punk Scholars Network in France. It was various lectures on various aspects of punk in various regions of France. On the internet, by Zoom. 27 people attended, not only from France, also from Indonesia, Britain and the Netherlands.

Christophe Pécout spoke on the band Végétator’s (1978-1981) from Lisieux town in Normandy. Once they threw a crucifix into water ‘to see whether it could really walk on water’. This got them a ban on playing in Lisieux. They played against militarism in a Rock Against Army gig, and a Rock Against Clergy gig.

A question from the Netherlands about the Lou’s was answered with that there should be more research on women in the French punk movement.

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