Vi Subversa real name Frances Sokolov Sansom (born 20 June 1935, London) 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 had two children, Pete Fender (born Daniel Sansom, 1964) and 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 not with Poison Girls; it was as part of The Body Show at Sussex University in 1975.
In 1979, at 44 years old and a mother of two, Vi Subversa released the first single with the Poison Girls. Her lyrics were written from a radical feminist punk perspective.
She is featured in the documentary film She’s a Punk Rocker.
“She’s a Punk Rocker U.K.”: A documentary by and about punk rock women.
Punk women changed the public face of females. It was very universally empowering for women. The story of punk could almost be a women’s liberation story.
Documentary director and punk rocker Zillah Minx reveals the true punk rock history from the women who were there. This documentary tells the story directly from the punk women who created the punk scene in UK. These are the punk women on the streets of the UK. Before the Sex Pistols appeared on TV and revealed an underground punk world, to the public. These are the women punks who shocked the world. This is their story of being punk told in an oral history format.
Featuring: Poly Styrene (X-ray Spex), Gee Vaucher (Crass), Eve Libertine (Crass), Gaye Advert (The Adverts), Helen Of Troy (FU-2), Julie Burchill (journalist), Vi Subversa (Poison Girls), Honey Bane (Fatal Microbes), Lulu Moon (Evil I), Caroline Coon (journalist), Zillah Minx (Rubella Ballet), Michelle (Brigandage), Olga Orbit (Youth in Asia), Nettie Baker (journalist, poet), Ruth & Janet (Hagar The Womb), Rachel Minx (Rubella Ballet)