Very Good. Item #6314
Milwaukee, WI.: Woman’s Soul Publishing, Inc., February 1975. Second Edition. Side-stapled white paper wraps (10.75 x 8.25 inches);  pp. Yellow errata slip laid in with corrections. Black and white illustrations. Bright and crisp copy.
Discography of women-made music and a list of record companies owned by women or run by women. In the process of publishing the first edition of this discography, the group recognized a need for a magazine about women’s music. The result was Paid My Dues.
Paid My Dues (14 issues)
Milwaukee: Women’s Soul Publishing, 1974 - 1980. Side-stapled white paper wraps (most roughly 10.5 x 8.5 inches); varying pagination, approximately 30 - 60 pp each. Black and white illustrations throughout.
A music periodical published by women in Milwaukee and Chicago. Paid My Dues published 15 issues from 1974 to 1980 (this set lacks Vol. 1, No. 2.) Each issue includes written music, articles about current events, festival reviews, interviews with musicians, letters from readers, and invitations for submissions.
Offers a glimpse at how women in the midst of the second-wave feminism movement organized efforts and communicated nationally. Content covers many touchstones of the movement through a musical lens including raising awareness for gay/lesbian rights, violence against women, and how women are portrayed in media.
Paid My Dues began in Milwaukee in 1974 as a group effort led by a musician and activist Dorothy K. Dean. Dean and her staff decided there was a need for a regular magazine after publishing My Sisters’ Song, a discography and directory of women musicians in North America.
The magazine encouraged “sisters” to be politically active. The first issue was partially funded by an award from the Milwaukee Alternative Life Fund, a fund made out of money people refused to pay in taxes to support military expenses.
In 1977, Paid Our Dues publication moved to Chicago where it continued until 1980. Some staff members and the musicians they wrote about were lesbian. One of whom, Toni Armstrong Jr, went on to found HOT WIRE: The Journal of Women's Music and Culture, which ran from 1984 until 1994. It’s remembered today as “the national voice of the burgeoning women's music movement and a wide-ranging chronicle of lesbian feminist culture,” according to the Windy City Times, a gay publication in Chicago.
Additional issue-by-issue descriptions available.