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Remembering trailblazing musician Alix Dobkin from Lavender Jane

ALix Dobkin

Alix Dobkin passed away last month after suffering a brain aneurysm and a stroke. She made her mark creating what could arguably be described as one of the first lesbian albums.

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A performer on New York’s folk scene in the 1960s Dobkin discovered feminism after hearing radio show host Liza Cowan interview Germaine Greer in 1970. Hearing the interview set Dobkin off on a path that saw her talking to other women about male supremacy and women’s oppression.

The following year she was a guest on the radio program Electra Rewind, which was produced a presented by Cowan. The pair described it as “love at first sight”, soon afterwards they began a relationship which saw them both coming out as lesbians and setting up home with Dobkin’s daughter.

In 1973 Dobkin released her first album Lavender Jane Loves Women, performing with Kay Gardner and Patches Attom. When the group could not find anyone interested in putting out their music, Dobkin formed her own record company Women’s Wax Works. Unashamedly a queer record “Long live Dyke Nation! Power to the women!” Dobkin wrote on the album’s linear notes.

Among the albums tracks was The Woman in Your Life is You which Dobkin wrote for Cowan, Taking Lesbian – a reworking of Pete Seeger’s Taking Union, Taking Lesbian, and a cover of Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want To Be With You. 

Dobkin’s later releases included Living with Lesbians (1975), Xx Alix (1980) and These Women Never Been Better (1986). Dobkin toured Australia and released a live album of her show titled Yahoo Australia and several compilation albums.

The singer is also remembered for the slogan The Future is Female, She was captured wearing a t-shirt with the phrase in a picture taken by Cowan in the 1970s, in recent years the image has had a second lease of life and become a world wide slogan for feminism.

Her autobiography My Red Blood:  A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, & Coming Out in the Feminist Movement, was published in 2009.

Alix Dobkin made her music available on Spotify. 

OIP Staff


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