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Pearson, Tanya

 Person

Found in 35 Collections and/or Records:

Alice Bag interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2015 July 8

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Alice Bag discusses her upbringing in East L.A., her relationship with her parents and how those early experiences dictated her personality and musical output. She details the burgeoning punk scene in Los Angeles in the 1970s, the formation of The Bags, subsequent success within the scene and appearance in the cult documentary Decline of Western Civilization. She also discusses an influential trip to Nicaragua, her career in teaching, feelings about women's place in rock...

Alice de Buhr interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2016 October 6

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Alice de Buhr details growing up a tomboy in Mason City, Iowa, her relationship with her parents, siblings and friends, and her introduction to the drums in second grade. She details her parents divorce, her experience coming out as gay in 1967, subsequent hospitalization, and move to California. De Buhr details her early music career, the formation and eventual success of Fanny, and the events that led to the bands dissolution. She talks openly about her post-Fanny life...

Azalia Snail interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2017 August 25

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Azalia Snail discusses her childhood and upbringing in Newark, NJ, her beatnik parents, early musical influences and the pivotal moment when she discovered electric guitar. She details her difficult teenage years, being an outcast, and her eventual move to NYC. Snail talks about her writing process, touring, the recording process, relationships, and how she became the “Queen of LoFi” in the 1990s. The interview closes with her thoughts on gender and the visibility of women...

Brie (Howard) Darling interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2017 August 24

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Brie (Howard) Darling discusses her parents, siblings, and her upbringing in California. She details her interest in visual art, an accidental introduction to the drums, her experience as a working musician from a young age, and how she met June and Jean Millington and joined The Svelts as a teenager. Darling details her experience as a working, touring musician, and young mother to her daughter, and the trajectory of her career in the music business during the 1970s and...

Cynthia Ross interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2016 December 27

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Cynthia Ross details her childhood and adolescence, growing up in Toronto. She discusses her artistic nature, relationship with her sisters and parents, particularly her mother. Ross talks about the music scene in Toronto, the formation of the B-Girls and eventual move to New York City. She discusses personal and professional relationships with punk icons, and how the B-Girls helped shape the New York scene with their unique sound. Ross details the B-Girls break up,...

Donita Sparks interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2015 July 21

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Donita Sparks discusses her upbringing in Chicago, including hobbies, interests, family and her introduction to rock music. She speaks candidly about her move to Los Angeles after high school, the music scene there and the space she occupied within it. Sparks details the formation of L7, the bands success, subsequent dissolution and current reunion. She addresses her feminism, women's contributions to rock music and her opinion regarding the Women of Rock category.

Gail Ann Dorsey interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2016 July 20

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Gail Ann Dorsey discusses growing up in Philadelphia, her relationship with her mother and siblings, and her early interest in music and screenwriting. She talks about discovering the bass guitar, auditioning for her first band, her college career as a film major and her eventual move to London and New York to pursue music. She details her experience as an African American woman, bassist and and an artist working within multiple genres. Dorsey talks openly about her...

JD Samson interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2015 January 6

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Scope and Contents In this oral history JD Samson describes her upbringing and experiences as a gay teenager and activist in small town Ohio and the pivotal moment that fostered her interest in film and visual arts. She discusses her time in New York City at Sarah Lawrence College, her involvement in the local music scene and joining her first band, Le Tigre, with Riot Grrrl figurehead, Kathleen Hanna. Samson details her experience within the music business as a female identified "gender-outlaw" and how this...

Julie Cafritz interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2015 January 22

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Julie Cafritz details her childhood, relationships with family members, and her upbringing in Washington, D.C. She describes her college career at Brown University, a traumatic event that occurred while she was a student, and the pivotal moment in which she decided to join a band without ever having played a musical instrument. Cafritz recounts notable relationships with bandmates in Pussy Galore, Free Kitten and STP, and candidly discusses musicianship, gender and...

Kat Arthur interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2016 October 9

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Kat Arthur discusses her childhood upbringing in Princeton, NJ, her family of origin, schooling, and teenage years. She details her early musical influences, friendships and social life, and how she decided to move to the Los Angeles to start a band, against her family's wishes. Arthur discusses the LA punk scene, her experience as a front woman within that scene, her careers outside of music, personal struggles and achievements. The interview closes with her thoughts on...

Kira Roessler interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2016 October 7

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Scope and Contents In this oral history Kira Roessler discusses her childhood, her relationship with her parents and brother, the development of her interest in music, and her involvement in the early punk scene in Los Angeles. Roessler discusses her experiences joining and forming bands and how she came to join Black Flag at the height of their career. She details her time with the band while a college student at UCLA, and her eventual firing. She also discusses her thirty year collaboration with Minutemen...

Kristin Hersh interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2014 December 14

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Scope and Contents In this oral history Kristin Hersh describes her childhood in Rhode Island and how her musical inclination was dictated by her long undiagnosed synesthesia. She a traumatic bicycle accident and its effect on her personal life and songwriting. The interview details her work, musical output and role as wife, mother, and rock icon.

Lydia Lunch interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2014 December 6

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Lydia Lunch details her teenage years in Rochester, New York and her move to New York City as a 14 year-old runaway with aspirations of becoming a spoken word artist. She recounts her early experiences and relationships in New York in the mid 1970s and details her notable musical and artistic projects and significant collaborations. She discusses her motivations, reputation and sexuality as well as her immense output of physical work and her plans for the future.

Mary Timony interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2014 December 28

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Mary Timony discusses her childhood in Washington, D.C. and her interest in music from a young age. She details her high school and college experience, including the music scene in Washington, D.C. in the early 1990s and how her participation in the musical community helped to curb her social anxiety. Timony recalls her college career, the formation of her band, Helium, and what led to their disbandment. She discusses her musical output, collaborations, relationships and...

Michelle Gonzales interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2016 August 20

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Michelle Gonzales discusses her upbringing in Tuolumne, CA., with her mother and brother. She discusses early childhood events, experiences in school and with peers and her introduction to music, via the flute. Gonzales recounts her introduction to punk and the formation of her first band Girl Fight, and later Spitboy. She details the punk scene, her place within it as a young xicana woman, and as a drummer, in a working, touring, hardcore band. Gonzales also talks...

Mish Barber-Way interviewed by Tanya Pearson , 2016 October 10

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Mish Barber-Way discusses her upbringing in Vancouver, her relationship with her parents, siblings and friends, her experiences as a high school and college student and her involvement in the local music scene. She details the formation of White Lung, her relationship with her bandmates, the band's trajectory to success and her eventual move to the United States. Barber-Way also discusses her musical influences, feminism, sexism, and her experience as a working musician,...

Miss Guy interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2016 October 28

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Miss Guy discusses his upbringing in Southern California, his relationship with his parents and siblings, and his experience at school and with his peers. He discusses his early interest in music, fashion, and how these things afforded him the freedom to express himself and overcome his shyness. Guy details his move to New York City in the late 1980s, his introduction to the drag club scene, work as a performer and DJ, the formation of Toilet Boys and their ensuing career,...

Patty Schemel interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2016 August 17

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Patty Schemel discusses her upbringing in Marysville, WA., her relationship with her parents and siblings, her early musical influences and interest in the drums. She details her experience in school, with her peers, and how she came out to her mother. Schemel offers insight into the Seattle music scene and discusses her single minded approach to turning drums into a career. She discusses her move to CA, where she joined Hole, and her trajectory to rock stardom, descent...

Phranc interviewed by Tanya Pearson, 2016 September 16

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Scope and Contents In this oral history, Phranc discusses her upbringing in Mara Vista, CA, her introduction to the guitar at age 9, knowing that she was a lesbian from a young age, and how she dropped out of high school to pursue art, music, and the pivotal moment she discovered The Women’s Center, the lesbian feminist movement and her subsequent activist work. She details her introduction to the Los Angeles punk scene and her involvement in it, and how she transitioned to performing as Phranc. She discusses...