“At a time when it was difficult to be taken seriously as a female artist or musicians, and lesbians had a difficult time finding halls that would rent to them, printers that would print openly lesbian fliers, and most lesbians were afraid to come out of the closet, the women’s music movement created spaces to celebrate women’s lives, lesbianism, and feminism” -Toni Armstrong, Jr.
Hot Wire: The Journal of Women’s Music and Culture was first published in 1984. Hot Wire covered all aspects of lesbian feminist women’s entertainment and especially highlighted these spaces in Chicago. The journal grew out of an organization called Not Just a Stage which was formed by Toni Armstrong, Jr. who had been publishing an annual directory of women’s music resources since 1977. Eventually, Toni and three other partners, Ann Morris, Etas Michele Carria, and Yvonne Zipter joined to form Not Just a Stage which published Hot Wire. The primary goals of Not Just a Stage were to be a “catalyst to develop and maintain a network of creators of women’s culture. Throughout its 10 years of existence, Hot Wire published 30 issues, with its final issue printed in September 1994.
Join Toni Armstrong, Jr., one of the founders of Hot Wire, Bonnie Morris, PhD, women’s history lecturer at UC-Berkeley, and Jorjet Harperfor, journalist and author, a virtual panel on the importance of Hot Wire and the women’s music movement on Wednesday May 27 at 5 p.m. (central). Registration required: Link to register.