Vim Renault and Lene Cortina are two grown-up punk women who started a blog in 2018 to write about the women in and around punk rock, and those who have been inspired by it since. In 2020 lockdown, the first printed zine was produced in a satisfying square format, which takes the random chaos of photocopied punk fanzines and turns it into a full-colour graphics party of old and new styles. There’s recycled Jackie comic strips, polemic, sarcasm and a lot of detailed research. Interviewees include older women who were there at the start of punk, the indie-poppers, shoegazers, anarcho-punks and riot grrrls who followed later as well as newly discovered bands from the 2020s. For £10, there is a lot to read, a lot of great pictures to feast your eyes on, and only one real advert for punkgirldiaries magnificent range of T-shirts, postcards and badges. It’s off-grid and on trend. And you get a free poster if you order early!
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