TO VALLEN'S PUNK PORTRAITS
Pen on paper 8" x 10"
drew this marker pen sketch of singer DeDe Troit as she
performed with her band U.X.A. (United Experiments of
America) at L.A.'s Hong Kong Cafe. The band's aggressive
sound combined with DeDe's poetic lyrics won them legions
of fans. They released a brilliant album titled Illusions
of Grandeur that remains one of my favorite punk releases
to this day.
were many women involved in the punk movement, which was
one of the few areas where women were able to create freely
without being controlled by men. Quite a few bands were
led by women, and their presence was not based on being
sexual objects. In fact, many punks attacked mainstream
corporate rock for being a sexist realm that included
women only as playthings.