Nicola Pitchford

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British-born poet and writer Nicola Pitchford was a part of the Claremont, CA music scene of the 1980s, which spawned such diverse artists as the Mountain Goats, Djam Karet, and Ben Harper. Much of that…
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British-born poet and writer Nicola Pitchford was a part of the Claremont, CA music scene of the 1980s, which spawned such diverse artists as the Mountain Goats, Djam Karet, and Ben Harper. Much of that scene centered around college radio station KSPC, where Pitchford was a DJ. With other station personnel, she performed in the short-lived punk band the Sandpaper Bridge (whose name was a dubious pun on the Velvet Underground). Influenced in equal measure by Swans, the Romantics, and early Butthole Surfers, the band attempted to do what Pussy Galore did considerably better. The group also included Robert Vodicka, who would later run the New Alliance label, and Bill Chen, subsequently boss of Baby Huey Records. In 1988, Pitchford contributed backing vocals to Savage Republic's Jamahiriya, but she has since focused primarily on poetry and feminist commentary (including a book on Kathy Acker). She featured alongside Michelle T. Clinton, Wanda Coleman, and others on the 1992 spoken word album DisClosure: Voices of Women, produced by Harvey Kubernik, and has appeared on C-SPAN, Lifetime, and National Public Radio (with Larry Flynt), discussing pornography and pop culture. She teaches in New York City.