Vi Subversa, 1935-2016, Anarchist Punk Musician, Singer for the Poison Girls

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February 20, 2016

Vi Subversa, former lead singer with the anarcho-punk band, The Poison Girls, has passed away at age 80. Subversa was associated with the British anarcho-punk scene. Subversa was one of the earliest punk musicians to feature feminism in their music.

Frances Sokolov (20 June 1935 – 19 February 2016), better known by her stage name Vi Subversa, was the singer and guitarist of British anarcho-punk band Poison Girls.

Subversa was born of East European Jewish parents. She spent two years in Israel in the late 1950s working in a ceramic pottery in Beersheba under Nehemia Azaz, before returning to the United Kingdom. She had two children, Pete Fender (born Daniel Sansom, 1964) and Gem Stone (born Gemma Sansom, 1967), who both became members of the punk bands Fatal Microbes and Rubella Ballet.

Subversa's first public performance was at The Body Show at Sussex University in 1975. In 1979, at 44 years old and a mother of two, she released her first single with the Poison Girls.[5] Her lyrics were written from a radical feminist punk perspective.

She is featured in the documentary film She's a Punk Rocker.

Subversa's son Pete Fender announced on Facebook on 19 February 2016 that she had died, following a short illness.

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