Vi Subversa

Francis Sokolov Sansom

Also known as Subversa
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Vi Subversa real name Frances Sokolov Sansom [born 20 June 1935] was the singer and guitarist of UK anarcho-punk band Poison Girls. She was born of East-European Jewish parents. She spent two years in Israel in the late 1950s, before returning to the UK. She has two children, [a=Pete Fender] [born Daniel Sansom, 1964] and [a=Gem Stone] [born Gemma Sansom, 1967] who were both members of the punk bands Fatal Microbes and Rubella Ballet.

Vi's first public singing was on her 40th birthday with a collective of musicians including formative members of Poison Girls as part of The Body Show at Sussex University in 1975.

By then a key figure in Brighton UK's burgeoning music underground, the previously fluid group of players including Vi formed [a=poison girls] in 1977.

In 1979, at 44 years old and a mother of two, Vi Subversa released the first single with the Poison Girls. Her lyrics are written from a radical feminist punk perspective.

She is featured in the documentary film She's a Punk Rocker

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