Phranc, The All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger, is a visual artist and musician. She was a pivotal figure in the LA punk scene in the late 1970s and early 80s, as an androgynous ‘out’ lesbian, and was an important influence on the queercore movement of the 1990s. In the 1980s, Phranc pursued a solo career and toured with The Smiths, Violent Femmes and Husker Du, among others. She creates art under the moniker The Carboard Cobbler and continues to perform. She lives in Santa Monica with her partner and children.
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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...
Overview The Women of Rock Oral History Project documents the lives and careers of women in rock who have been underrepresented or omitted from rock journalism and historical scholarship. The project, created and managed by Tanya Pearson, seeks to facilitate a more comprehensive cultural history, by women, for women and gender non-conforming individuals who have historically been silenced or overlooked as a result of their gender.