The Sound of Women in Revolt!

Listen to a tracklist inspired by art, activism and the Women’s movement in the UK 1970 –1990

Listen to the tracks featured on the compilation record, as well as additional tracks selected by Music For Nations.

To underline Tate Britain’s trailblazing Women in Revolt! Art, Activism and the Women’s movement in the UK 1970 –1990 exhibition, a compilation record has been curated to further reveal the music and sound art that women musicians were creating during this period.

The music that defines and defied this era, not only soundtracked but spurred on increasingly impassioned creative output and representation for women.

The tracklist was compiled collaboratively between Linsey Young, Curator of Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain, and Julie Weir, Head of Music for Nations.

The tracks on this compilation cover a broad range of artistic styles but are united in that it is made by women who chose not to conform to the mainstream. A number of women who have art work in the exhibition, Linder, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Gina Birch are also musicians whose work is on the compilation and beyond that there is a complex series of relationships linking many of these women together which reflects the broader exhibition and the messy and joyful way in which many of them worked together to define new ways of resisting patriarchal expectations.

Linsey Young, Curator of Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain


1) White Mice – Mo-Dettes
2) Typical Girls – Slits
3) Idealogically Unsound – Poison Girls
4) Dear Marje – The Gymslips
5) Identity – X-Ray Spex
6) You – Au Pairs
7) Warm Girls – Girls At Our Best!

1) Sightseeing – Ludus
2) No Side To Fall In – The Raincoats
3) In Love – Marine Girls
4) Trees And Flowers – Strawberry Switchblade
5) Aerosol Burns – Essential Logic
6) Launderette – Vivienne Goldman
7) October (Love Song) – Chris & Cosey

Women In Revolt! is an exhibition of work by over 100 women artists working in the UK during the 1970s and 80s. In a first of its kind showing, it explores how women used radical ideas and rebellious methods to change the face of British culture. With music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, and performance, they forged a path for women’s liberation in the UK, against a backdrop of extreme social change.

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