I LOVE that you're visiting my WEB PAGE!
"Long, long ago,
maybe even before you were born, way far back in the late 1950's...
Philadelphia was a hotbed of do-it-yourself culture, magnetizing folk
music on the East Coast... and I was a teenaged guitar-totin',
card-carrying comrade grounding myself in mushrooming crowds of
progressive Jews, self-taught musicians and other local subversives.
"Immediately after graduating from the Tyler School of Fine Arts I
headed east to NYC's world-famous Gaslight Cafe, and from that rich,
heady, heart of Greenwich Village in the early '60's, I launched my
full-time, professional folksinging career.
"Focusing during the
first decade on an international and contemporary/ protest repertory, I
came out as a Lesbian in 1972 and turned to writing and singing for
women in general and to building Lesbian Culture in particular.
the last 25 years I have travelled to hundreds of women's communities in
this country and in many others. It has been my privilege and pleasure
to gather elements of our common culture and to create a body of songs
and workshops to share with you, honoring and reflecting our unique
Lesbian style, substance, issues and values.
"I currently have
six albums and one songbook to my name, was voted "All Time Favorite
Performer" by Hot Wire magazine, and have been called "Head Lesbian"!
If you aren't already familiar with my work, I hope you will soon be.
Just check out this page and then browse through Ladyslipper's
discography. For more info, just ask."
"Dobkin is one performer who has never disappointed
me. . . equal parts humor, stories, beautifully crafted and executed
music and political rap. . . she gathers the pieces of our women's
movement struggles and knits them together, makes the connections,
presents the whole picture." - Common Ground (Buffalo, NY)
"Alix Dobkin has been a thunderbolt in feminist circles since
she entered them in the early seventies." - The Blade
". . . the perfect music experience." -
Music Machine (Dutchess County, NY)
". . . pungently personal
songs . . ." - The Village Voice (NYC)
". . . a biting
sense of humor . . ." - New Age Journal (Massachusetts)
. . remains on the cutting edge. . . " - Sojourner (Boston, MA)
"Alix is a man-hater"
Nonsense! Some of my best friends are men. I certainly have strong
opinions about men's violence, men's dominance, men's politics, male
institutions, male hierarchies and penis-centered culture (don't you?),
but man-hating is irrelevant in my life.
"Alix is against
No way! I look to transexuals to break new
ground and not to reinforce conventional gender stereotypes.
hurts little boys by excluding them from women-only space"
the contrary, I treasure all children and hate to see any child spoiled
by mistreatment and neglect, or misguided by ignorance and disrespect.
Teaching little boys universal entitlement and teaching little girls
that they have no right to privacy is ignorant and disrespectful.
"Alix believes that women-only space is sacred space"
"Alix performs only for women"
False. I often appear
before mixed audiences.
"Alix loves all Lesbians but doesn't
like some Lesbians"
"Alix wants her work to
have meaning for everyone"
I certainly hope so, and so should
you hope to be politically enlightened and untrendy!
"Hi, and welcome to Ladyslipper. . .
". . .with the most extensive collection of Lesbian music and music
by Lesbians in the world.
"My name is Alix Dobkin. In 1973,
with Kay Gardner, I produced Lavender Jane Loves Women, the very
first album by, for and about Lesbians in the history of the world.
From then until now, I have focused on the lives, concerns and
perspectives of women who love women, and for most of those years I and
scores of other women-identified musicians, Lesbians and non-Lesbians
alike, have enjoyed the support and encouragement of Ladyslipper. It's
hard to imagine surviving in this business without them. So
thanks to Ladyslipper for your consistence and persistence!
"Most commonly defined as "Music By, For & About Women", the
Women's Music has been entertaining and enlightening a vast
network of Lesbians and our friends and supporters at concerts,
festivals, gatherings and parties, on vinyl, tape and disk, for well
over two decades. Since the most common definition of "Lesbian" is
"women who love women", this cultural genre is a natural result of
Lesbian creativity, and Ladyslipper has always seen to it that our
impressive and unique body of work is available to anyone with an
interest in the cultural traditions which have at their center the
love of women.
"Flourishing at the edges of a tedious
mainstream, that wasteland of male-obsession which either ignores,
ridicules or trivializes whatever honors or takes women seriously, both
Ladyslipper and I are delighted to welcome you to this oasis of
woman-loving. Check us out and make yourself at home.
for your visit, and be sure to note the wide variety and depth of
quality reflected by this Music By, For & About Women."
- Alix Dobkin
- P.O. Box 761
- Woodstock, NY 12498
- Phone: (845) 679-7586