Harum Scarum (Clit Rocket #2)

Veruska Bellistri (a.k.a. Veruska ‘Outlaw’) was a zinester from Rome that I traded some material from my distro with after the turn of the century. Her zine Clit Rocket covered queer bands and she wrote about topics such as gender, feminism and race. She also did an anarchopunk/feminist radio-show (QueenBee) on the pirate radio-station Onda Rossa (Red Wave). Later she released an experimental spoken-word project Die Bitch which documents the ways in which misogyny affect women’s lives throughout history and thus distorted their self-perception; and did a few other zines (Sugar Mama & Summertime)…

Clit Rocket #2 has interviews with GB Jones (Canadian film-maker, musician & zinester), ‘Harum Scarum’, ‘Tribe 8’ & ‘The Haggard’, and pieces about/by Derek Jarman (gay film-maker), Raunchy Reckless And The Amazons‘ (gender warriors), Del LaGrace Volcano (“gender variant visual artist”), Kathy Acker (punk poet, sex-positive feminist writer, etc.), Diamanda Galás, Minnie Bruce Pratt (race, class, gender and sexual theory author), Leslie Feinberg (lesbian & transgender activist), Joan Nestle (gender-identities in the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and cross-dressing subcultures), Michelle ‘Tea’ (co-founder of a girl-poetry roadshow) and more.

‘Harum Scarum’ – an all-female, anarcho-hardcorepunk band from Portland, Oregon – started out with Dyanne ‘Scam’ Sekeres (bass/vocals), ‘Scary’ Shari(lyn) Menard (drums/vocals), Toni ‘Baloni’ Gogin (guitar/vocals) & Erin ‘Scarum’ (vocals; she was in the band untill 2001 – the band became a 3-piece when she left.). With that line-up their self-titled 7″ (April 1998) and LP Mental Health (August 1999; released on Neil Robinson’s Tribal War recs) were recorded. There was also a demo-tape to promote their European tour in 2000. Michal Halabura of the Polish label Nikt Nic Nie Wie put out live recordings of their show in Slovenia (2000-05-06). The women were openly queer, hardcore feminists and anti-capitalists (“Harum Scarum consider themselves punks, but happen to be girls and dykes.”)…

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