The Women at the Table: Writers, Artists, and Photographers in the Early Days of the Voice

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Men this season Marvelous Mrs. MaiselAve Wiseman, the father of the main character, Midge Maisel, was greeted by a grumpy and unfriendly staff on the first day of work. Village Voice Theater critic. The “Kennedy for President” poster is posted throughout the bustling office, and the editor is the only woman on the editorial staff to show around the conference table in the midst of the turmoil. Meet Bernie. “news.”

Given that the story is set in 1960, in the real world it’s almost correct. voice That year Mary Peronicols Listed simply as “news” on Masthead, he edited other journalists and wrote her own coverage of the city’s street-level concerns.

Nichols (1926–1996) got a job a few years ago after approaching Dan Wolf, who co-authored a dissertation with World War II veterans Ed Fancher and Norman Mailer. voice It covers efforts to prevent city planner Robert Moses from ramming the road through Washington Square Park. Wolf, whose masthead title was simply “Editor,” told her to write the article himself, and he did it. Wolf, Nichols, and other writers hit the drums to keep the car away from the square, eventually defeating Moses in 1958. Nichols first appeared on Masthead on September 10, 1958, publishing its extensive “news”. title. ((((Berenice AbbottAn original contemporary photographer, was listed under “Contributors” in that issue. Her photographs include an impressive portrait of the painter Edward Hopper, accompanied by a potbelly stove in a studio in Washington Square. voiceThe editor Wolf once described the paper as “the only big unfortunate family,” but Nichols did not bow to any of the male staff when it came to sharp political coverage. Premiered in the late 1960s, it was originally signed “Mary Peronichols and The Voice Staff”. Nichols left the paper in the mid-1970s, and then, as Mayor Koch said, through provocative shows such as “John Hour,” which broadcasts the names of men convicted of patronizing streetwalkers. , Worked on the renewal of the founder’s WNYC radio station. Discourages those who are thinking of roaming the streets of New York City to pick up prostitutes. “

Before the days of Nichols, there were several women voice Masthead, Although they remained a minority for a long time. Of the first six people with the actual title on the masthead (October 26, 1955), only one was a woman. Nell Brain, Listed as “Art and Production”.Blaine (1922–1996) had an elegant and supple responsibility. Village Voice The logo, which lasted from 1955 to 1969, was pursuing a serious painting career outside of her business hours. In April 1960, Brain appeared on a paper art page with an advertisement from the Uptown Poindexter Gallery promoting her solo exhibition “Greek Paintings”. The brief exhibition title omitted was the fact that Brain was infected with polio on Mykonos and trained to paint with her left-handed during a difficult recovery. Six years later, the April 14th issue of this paper featured a photo of Fred W. McDara in a wheelchair, but she wasn’t afraid as an artist and was new to her double-page spread. The Poindexter ad has been printed. Saint Lucia and England. “

In 1957, a new female staff member appeared on Masthead, However, the 5: 1 ratio remained the same.Sorting audio historical material reveals staff photographers Gin BriggsA stylish studio stamp behind a photo of a celebrity in the literary world like before, full of box cameras, squeeze valves, and birdies. voice Columnist Jean Shepherd ( Christmas story fame). Briggs filmed street life, art exhibitions and many other subjects. This includes taking a homely portrait of Lorraine Hansbury. Raisins in the sunAnd occasionally voice Contributor. In one case, Briggs himself became the subject of the article on the home page. When she put up a poster on the window of a village studio saying “Clean up the Democratic Party,” she was a challenge to a machine politician who had long represented the neighborhood. .. Her landlord threatened Briggs with a peasant and his wife told the photographer, “They will break your window.” But Briggs stands firmly, and her article states: It’s a country. “

Briggs voice Until the August 23, 1962 notice announced that McDara would replace “Zimbriggs to California.” Unfortunately, the trajectory of her career gets colder from there.

Approximately around the time Briggs departed, Linda Solomon (born 1937) began to cover live paper performances. As of May 2, 1963, she criticized everyone from folk musicians to bag pipers to jazz guitarists to comics with a lively brab. Those who continue to emphasize the negative with an ounce of wit and a pound of discord. When Solomon wasn’t traveling between the city’s cafes, clubs and coffee shops, she was reviewing her new album underneath. voiceRude “record” slug. In the July 25, 1963 issue, she focused Freewheel-in Bob DylanObserving that the sloppy voice “citybilly … stands outside his problem and writes the beliefs for people to live”, “sharply integralist, casually poetic,” Blowin’ in the Wind “” was selected. For a long time, Minnesota’s Folkley concludes, “A brief listening to the emotional understatement in his voice underscores his true interest in the power of his lyrics and the state of the world.” I was going to be with us.

Solomon moved from voiceContributed to ABC-TV Hootenanny Write NME Other magazines in the next few decades. However, her early visionary review of Dylan captured the zeitgeist of that era, the “concern about the state of the world” that has been stubbornly associated for 60 years.

Future “voice In the “Folk” column, we focus on staff, stories, artwork, advertising, and everything else that fits our fantasy. voice’■ 67 years of history.

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