Olivia
on the Record

Ginny Berson’s important memoir of building Olivia Records into a beloved lesbian institution is a timely narrative from a founding organizer.

Ginny walks us through the politics, radical self-discovery, aching romantic tension, and quirky community organizing that characterized an era. In these chapters, we gain a front-row seat to the collective ‘processing’ that produced and distributed lesbian records and meet the first generation of fans to experience women’s music as lesbian liberation.

 

Bonnie J. Morris, PhD

Author of Eden Built By Eves, The Disappearing L,

and The Feminist Revolution

Available Now!
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BOOK LAUNCH!
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VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
RECORDING

With special guests and musical performances by Mary Watkins and Cris Williamson. 

 
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Ginny

Ginny Z Berson, one of Olivia’s founding members and visionaries, kept copious records during those heady days—days also fraught with contradictions, conflicts, and economic pitfalls. With great honesty, Berson offers her personal take on what those times were like, revisiting the excitement and the hardships of creating a fair and equitable lesbian-feminist business model—one that had no precedent. 
 

MORE  ABOUT GINNY

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We need to recognize the miraculousness of what Olivia achieved.
 

A few years after Stonewall, Olivia not only created the first women’s record label, but in the face of pervasive bigotry and repression carved out a vibrant political space for lesbian freedom. 

Barbara Smith
Co-founder of the
Combahee River Collective

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ARTISTS & ACTIVISTS ON THE RECORD
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The women’s music movement was a revolution for rights and dignity, carving out a space where none existed before: 
for women to write love songs to other women. 

Vicki Randle
Musician

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A small group of queer women decided to take on the record industry, the patriarchy, and capitalism so that women could have music that reflected their lives.  


It was ground-breaking and gave us new systems for making and recording music that valued love, kindness and justice.  

LILY TOMLIN
COMMEDIENNE

 
OLIVIA RECORDS