Vivien Goldman

Vivien Goldman is a writer, educator, broadcaster and post-punk musician. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, teaching Punk, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. She is the author of The Book of Exodus: Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Album of the Century.  A member of new wave band The Flying Lizards, her songs including Launderette are frequently re-issued.
Passions: Bob Marley

In The Book of Exodus, Vivien Goldman takes in the history of Bob and the biblical roots of the Exodus story, as central to the Rastafarian as it is to the Jews. Early Rastafarian preachers even taught that the Rastas were the original Israelites – “Go Down Moses” is one of the most widely recognised of the slave spirituals and the injunction against hair-cutting is the origin of both dreadlocks and peyot.

The Jewish roots of Punk

40 years after it first emerged from the New York underground scene, the Punk movement continues to excite and inspire. “Professor of Punk” Vivien Goldman has brought together Geoff Travis, Daniel Miller, Charles Shaar Murray and Toby Mott to discover a less well-known side of the movement, the stories of the many Jews among its key players and innovators.