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J Lesbian Stud. 2015;19(3):290-304. doi: 10.1080/10894160.2015.1026699.

Olivia Records: The Production of a Movement.

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a Women's Studies Program, George Washington University , Washington , DC , USA.

Abstract

This article looks at the early years of Olivia Records, setting the context for the historic release of the album Where Would I Be Without You. From its origins as a Washington, D.C.-based activist collective in 1973, Olivia became a hugely successful recording company, marketing radical lesbian recordings and performances that soon defined the "women's music" movement. Both artistically and politically, Olivia's woman-identified albums became the soundtrack for a generation awakening to lesbian activism. Pat Parker and Judy Grahn's 1976 spoken-word recording is a unique demonstration of Olivia's radical production values and expanding catalog.

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Olivia records; lesbian albums; women's music

PMID:
26075684
DOI:
10.1080/10894160.2015.1026699
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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