Frances Sokolov (20 Juin 1935 – 19 Februar 2016),[1] better kent bi her stage name Vi Subversa, wis the sangster an guitarist o Breetish anarcho-punk baund Poison Girls.[2]

Vi Subversa
Background information
Born20 Juin 1935(1935-06-20)
London, England
Deid19 Februar 2016(2016-02-19) (aged 80)
GenresAnarcho punk
ThriftMusician, singer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1975–2016
LabelsCrass, XNTrix
Associate actsPoison Girls

Early lifeEedit

She wis born o East-European Jewish parents. She spent twa years in Israel in the late 1950s wirkin in a ceramic pottery in Beersheba unner Nehemia Azaz,[3] afore returnin tae the Unitit Kinrick. She haed twa childer, Pete Fender (born Daniel Sansom, 1964) an Gem Stone (born Gemma Sansom, 1967) who wur baith members o the punk baunds Fatal Microbes an Rubella Ballet.[4]

Poison GirlsEedit

Vi's first public singin wis no wi Poison Girls; it wis as pairt o The Body Shaw at Sussex Varsity in 1975.

In 1979, at 44 years auld an a mither o twa, Vi Subversa released the first single wi the Poison Girls.[5] Her leerics wur written frae a radical feminist punk perspective.[6]

She is featurt in the documentar film She's a Punk Rocker.[7]

Vi's son annooncit on Facebook on 19 Februar 2015 that she haed dee'd.[8]


  1. Ged Babey (20 Februar 2016). "Vi Subversa: 20th June 1935 – 19th February 2016: Flesh and blood is what we are". LouderThanWar. Retrieved 20 Februar 2016.
  2. Raha, Maria. Cinderella's big score: women of the punk and indie underground. Seal Press, 2005.
  3. Grant, Brigit (25 Julie 1986). "Subversive? On the contrary". Jewish Chronicle. p. 15.
  4. [1] Archived [Date missing] at [Error: unknown archive URL]
  5. Cope, Julian. Album of the Month #96. Head Heritage. 2007.
  6. Leblanc, Lauraine. Pretty in Punk. Rutgers University Press. 1999.
  7. "She's A Punk Rocker | Raindance Film Festival 2007". 7 October 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  8. "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 20 Februar 2016.