Gretchen Phillips Papers,1977-2017.

Collection Number: 7839

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Gretchen Phillips Papers, 1977-2017.
Collection Number:
7839
Creator:
Phillips, Gretchen
Quantity:
4.1 cubic feet.
Quantity:
181 gigabytes.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, printed materials, audio recordings, financial records.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection provides a comprehensive account of Gretchen Phillips' musical career, including posters, fan mail, contracts, and correspondence with other artists, record companies, and manager Jim Fouratt.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Gretchen Phillips was born on July 19, 1963, in Galveston, Texas. She attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she formed her first band, The Folk Group, with Sara Hickman. In 1981, Gretchen moved to Austin, Texas, which was home to a burgeoning punk scene. In 1982, she co-founded the all-female band Suffer Jets (with Mellissa Cobb, Teresa Taylor, and Edith Frost), and wrote "The Queer Song." That same year, Gretchen attended the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival for the first time. When the Suffer Jets broke up in 1983, Gretchen formed Meat Joy with Teresa Taylor and John Hawkes (nee Perkins). Within a few months, Teresa would leave to join the Butthole Surfers. That same year, Gretchen wrote a parodic country song titled "I Spent My Last Ten Dollars (on Birth Control and Beer)," which would later become a college radio favorite. She returned to the Michigan Womyn's music festival as a worker in the worker's kitchen, a role she would continue to fulfill until the festival ended in 2014. In 1985, Gretchen joined the all-female rock band Girls in the Nose, which was led by lesbian folklorist and artist Kay Turner. She also co-founded Two Nice Girls, a folk-tinged band that featured Laurie Freelove and Kathy Korniloff. Both bands were explicitly lesbian. Two Nice Girls toured the US and Canada many times throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1987, Two Nice Girls played the first South by Southwest music festival. In 1988, they signed with Rough Trade records and released 2 Nice Girls (1989), Like a Version (1990), and chloe liked olivia (1991). In 1991, they received a GLAAD Media Award for positive portrayals of homosexuality. Also in 1991, Gretchen became lovers with English professor and cultural critic Ann Cvetkovich, whose writing focuses on some of the same themes that animate Gretchen's own work: feelings, pleasure, and community. After Two Nice Girls broke up in 1992, Gretchen continued to grow as a musician and multimedia artist. In 1993, Girls in the Nose played for an estimated 1,000,000 people at the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. Gretchen's subsequent musical projects have included the country gospel band Gretchen Phillips Ministries, the eclectic dyke/fag duo Phillips and Driver (with Dave Driver), rock bands such as The Gretchen Phillips Xperience and Lord Douglas Phillips (with Terri Lord and Darcee Douglas), as well as Gretchen's Disco Plague (It's Infectious!), an improvisational disco group with a rotating cast of players that includes Jenny Hoyston from Erase Errata and Thor Harris (Swans, Stick People).

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Collection provides a comprehensive account of Gretchen Phillips' musical career, including posters, fan mail, contracts, and correspondence with other artists, record companies, and manager Jim Fouratt.
Also, digitized files of every extant recording -- over 63 hours -- of Phillip's performances from the early 1980s through 2016.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Phillips, Gretchen
Girls in the nose (Musical group).
Suffer Jets (Musical group).
The Folk Group (Musical group).
Two Nice Girls (Musical group).

Subjects:
Feminism.
Lesbian feminists.
Punk rock music.
Women in music.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Gretchen Phillips Papers, #7839 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Lawyer bills 2NG
1992-1993
Box 1 Folder 2
2NG Rough Trade contract negotiations
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 3
2NG business regarding the film Slacker
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 4
2NG agreements (recording, publishing, and partnership, legal)
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 5
Rough Trade Bankruptcy
1992
Box 1 Folder 6
Business re: 2NG acquisitions from their masters with Rough Trade
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 7
2NG shopping for a new label
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 8
Royalty Statements Rough Trade
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 9
Jim Fouratt
1988
Box 1 Folder 10
Jim Fouratt 1 of 2
1989
Box 1 Folder 11
Jim Fouratt 2 of 2
1989
Box 1 Folder 12
Jim Fouratt
1990-1992
Box 1 Folder 13
Touring Expense log
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 14
Van repairs
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 15
Van, 1 of 2
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 16
Van, 2 of 2
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 17
Booking Agent Fleming Tamulevich Performance Contracts
1991-1992
Box 1 Folder 18
2NG gig contracts
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 19
Fleming Tamulevich
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 20
2NG Tour Calendars and Advance sheets
1991-1992
Box 1 Folder 21
2NG Booking Correspondence
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 22
Check registers: savings 1989, merchandise 1991-92, general funds 1991-92
1989-1992
Box 1 Folder 23
Partnership Asset Receipts: Equipment receipts and inventory, assets sold
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 24
Kathy Korniloff partnership notes
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 25
2NG Internal Notes re:business
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 26
Notes to myself about the music biz
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 27
Publicist- JoRae DiMenno
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 28
2NG Distribution RadiContracts and other biz
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 29
Rough Trade Correspondence
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 30
2NG Lady Slipper Distributer Accounting
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 31
2NG Ebay Auctions
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 32
Images, watches and other merchandise
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 33
3Z and 2NG Documentary movie
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 34
Movie and live album refunds
1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 35
Interviews/Articles
1986-1987
Box 1 Folder 36
Interviews/Articles
1989
Box 1 Folder 37
Interviews/Articles
1990
Box 1 Folder 38
Interviews/Articles
1991
Box 1 Folder 39
Interviews/Articles
1992, 2007
Box 1 Folder 40
Interviews/Articles
Date unknown
Box 1 Folder 41
Austin Chronicle Music Awards
1985-1990
Box 1 Folder 42
Misc. Press
1987-1988
Box 1 Folder 43
Misc. Press
1989
Box 1 Folder 44
Misc. Press
1990-1992, 1994, 1998
Box 1 Folder 45
Misc. Press
Date unknown
Box 1 Folder 46
AP article A-P
1989
Box 1 Folder 47
AP article R-Z
1989
Box 1 Folder 48
Live Reviews
1986-1990
Box 1 Folder 49
Live Reviews
1991-1992
Box 1 Folder 50
Live Reviews
Date unknown
Box 1 Folder 51
Record reviews
1989
Box 1 Folder 52
Record reviews
1990
Box 1 Folder 53
Record reviews
1991, 2007
Box 1 Folder 54
Record reviews 2 Nice Girls
Date unknown
Box 1 Folder 55
Record reviews Like a Version
Date unknown
Box 1 Folder 56
Record reviews Chloe Liked Olivia
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 1
Preview Press
1986-1989
Box 2 Folder 2
Preview Press
1990
Box 2 Folder 3
Preview Press
1991
Box 2 Folder 4
Preview Press
1992, undated
Box 2 Folder 5
2NG Ads
1990-03-1991-04
Box 2 Folder 6
Laura Post Materials on 2NG for her book
1990
Box 2 Folder 6
Tape cassette - interview with Laura Post
tr-11679
1990-12-04
Cassette tape
Box 2 Folder 7
Rough Trade Presskits
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 8
Two Nice Girls Presskits
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 9
Rough Trade Promo reports
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 10
Responses to Ad to replace Laurie
1989
Box 2 Folder 11
Academic essays on 2NG
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 12
2NG Posters and Fixins
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 13
2NG Misc.
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 14
2NG programs
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 15
2NG first album notes
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 16
Like a Version album notes
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 17
Chloe liked Olivia album notes
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 18
Songbooks and song lyrics
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 19
2NG photos
Date unknown
Box 2 Folder 20
Fan mail
1987-1988
Box 2 Folder 21
Fan mail
1989
Box 2 Folder 22
Fan mail
1989
Box 2 Folder 23
Fan mail
1989
Box 2 Folder 24
Fan mail
1989
Box 2 Folder 25
Fan mail
1990
Box 2 Folder 26
Fan mail
1990
Box 2 Folder 27
Fan mail
1990
Box 2 Folder 28
Fan mail
1990
Box 2 Folder 29
Fan mail
1990
Box 2 Folder 30
Fan mail
1990
Box 2 Folder 31
Fan mail
1990
Box 2 Folder 32
Fan mail
1990
Box 2 Folder 33
Fan mail
1990
Box 2 Folder 34
Fan mail
1991
Box 2 Folder 35
Fan mail
1991
Box 2 Folder 36
Fan mail
1991
Box 2 Folder 37
Fan mail
1991
Box 3 Folder 1
Fan mail
1992
Box 3 Folder 2
Fan mail
1992
Box 3 Folder 3
Fan mail
1992
Box 3 Folder 4
Fan mail
1992
Box 3 Folder 5
Fan mail
Undated
Box 3 Folder 6
Rudi Peeters
1989-2016
Box 3 Folder 7
2NG post-breakup fanmail
1992
Box 3 Folder 8
2NG post-breakup fanmail
1993
Box 3 Folder 9
2NG post-breakup fanmail
1994
Box 3 Folder 10
2NG post-breakup fanmail
1995, undated
Box 3 Folder 11
Orders 1
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 12
Orders 2
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 13
Orders 3
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 14
Gretchen Phillips fan mail
1993
Box 3 Folder 15
Gretchen Phillips fan mail
1994
Box 3 Folder 16
Gretchen Phillips fan mail
1995
Box 3 Folder 17
Gretchen Phillips fan mail
1996-2003
Box 3 Folder 18
Gretchen Phillips fan mail
Undated
Box 3 Folder 19
Correspondence with other bands and journalists
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 20
Mike Appelstein- Writer’s Block
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 21
Allen Salyer
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 22
Early email correspondence
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 23
Candy Ass Biz
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 24
Candy Ass receipts
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 25
GPX Contract Master
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 26
GPE Business and correspondence
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 27
Signed contracts
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 28
Gretchen Phillips tape covers
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 29
GP Songs to… sheet and presskits
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 30
GP Songs to… Music Notes
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 31
GP posters and flyers
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 32
Gretchen Phillips is Bi Bi Bi
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 33
GP Press
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 34
GP Miscellaneous
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 35
GPE Mailing List
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 36
GPX miscellaneous
Date unknown
Box 3 Folder 37
GPX songbook
Date unknown
Box 4 Folder 1
GPX Press
Date unknown
Box 4 Folder 2
GP- I was just comforting her press
Date unknown
Box 4 Folder 3
Press kit master
Date unknown
Box 4 Folder 4
Lord Douglas Phillips Press
Date unknown
Box 4 Folder 5
Lord Douglas Phillips miscellaneous
Date unknown
Box 4 Folder 6
Homosexual file from childhood on
1977-2010
Box 4 Folder 7
Publications
1982-1989
Box 4 Folder 8
Publications
1983-1989
Box 4 Folder 9
Publications
1990's
Box 4 Folder 10
Publications
1990-1994
Box 4 Folder 11
Publications
1992-1998
Box 4 Folder 12
Publications
2000's
Box 4 Folder 13
Topical Treatments - Vol 1and 2
1997-1998
Box 4 Folder 14
B Style/T Style
Date unknown
Box 4 TR-16017
Girls in The Nose
1989
Cassette tape
Box 4 TR-16018
Two Nice Girls, Demo
1992
Cassette tape
Box 4 TR-16019
Gretchen Phillips, Welcome to My World
1994
Cassette tape
Box 4 TR-16020
Gretchen Phillips, Do You Ever Wish For More?
1996
Cassette tape
Box 4 CD-3514
Two Nice Girls, Chloe liked Olivia
1991
CD
Box 4 CD-3528
Various, 20 More Explosive Fantastic Rockin' Mega Smash Hit Explosions!
1992
CD
Box 4 CD-3529
Various, Across the Great Divide
1992
CD
Box 4 CD-3515
Gretchen Phillips, Songs to Save Your Soul
1998
CD
Box 4 CD-3526-3527
Various, SXSW Volume Five
1998
CD
Box 4 CD-3516
Lord Douglas Phillips, Forever Dusty Compilation
2000
CD
Box 4 CD-3517
Gretchen Phillips, Calling All Kings and Queens Compilation
2001
CD
Box 4 CD-3518
Gretchen Phillips Ministries, Seitan is Real
2002
CD
Box 4 CD-3519
Lord Douglas Phillips, Girl By Girl Compilation
2002
CD
Box 4 CD-3520
Phillips and Driver, Togetherness
2003
CD
Box 4 CD-3521
Gretchen Phillips, Welcome to My World Reissue
2005
CD
Box 4 CD-3522
Two Nice Girls, Two Nice Girls Reissue
2007
CD
Box 4 CD-3523
Gretchen Phillips, I Was Just Comforting Her
2009
CD
Box 4 CD-3524-3525
Gretchen Phillips, Friends and Friends of Friends Compilation
2009
CD
Box 4 DVD-2834
The Stage Show, Don't Stop Believing
Date unknown
DVD
Box 4 DVD-2835
Tex Clark, Radical Act
2010
DVD
Box 5 SR-20854
Meat Joy
1984
LP
Box 5 SR-20855
Two Nice Girls, 2 Nice Girls
1989
LP
Box 5 SR-20856
Two Nice Girls, Like a Version
1990
LP
Box 5 SR-20857
Phillips and Driver, Disco Dance Party 2000
2011
LP
Box 6 Folder 1
Chicago house in Austin
Undated
Box 6 Folder 1
3B Tavern
Undated
Box 6 Folder 1
CWA and Pansy Division at Evergreen State College
Undated
Box 6 Folder 1
Variety Playhouse in Atlanta
Undated
Box 6 Folder 1
The Marriott in Austin, Halloween Dance Women's Music Show
1987
Box 6 Folder 1
Chances Sodomy Night
Undated
Box 6 Folder 1
Continental Club in New York City, Lesbopalooza
Undated
Box 6 Folder 2
Cheer Up Charlies, New Years Eve
2013-12-31
Box 6 Folder 2
Walter’s Downtown in Houston
Undated
Box 6 Folder 3
Ego's Austin Tribute Band Marathon
2007-03-17
Box 6 Folder 4
Emo’s
Undated
Box 6 Folder 4
Liberty Lunch, with Patrice Pike, art by Terri Lord
1999
Box 6 Folder 4
Liberty Lunch with the Butchies, art by Terri Lord
Undated
Box 6 Folder 4
Rhythm House, art by Terri Lord
1998
Box 6 Folder 4
Gabby and Moe’s, with Qiana Kaftan, art by Terri Lord
Undated
Box 6 Folder 4
The Hole in the Wall, art by Terri Lord
Undated
Box 6 Folder 4
Gabby and Moe’s September 2000 Calendar, art by Terri Lord
2000
Box 6 Folder 4
Gabby and Moe’s art by Terri Lord
Undated
Box 6 Folder 5
Bar/None Records Promo Poster for Togetherness
Undated
Box 6 Folder 6
Steamboat Springs, Anti-George H. Bush
Undated
Box 6 Folder 7
Record release party silkscreen, art by Geof Cordner
Undated
Signed by Geof Cordner
Box 6 Folder 7
Promo poster for Metal Moo Cow
Undated
Box 6 Folder 7
Esther’s Folly Punk Mary Gemini
Undated
Was supposed to be Meat Joy’s first show
Box 6 Folder 7
Drawing of the band, listing all possible band names
Undated
Not promotional
Box 6 Folder 8
Liberty Lunch, Last Show on Earth, Terri Lord poster
Undated
Box 6 Folder 8
Liberty Lunch with Joan of Arkansas
1996-01-21
Box 6 Folder 8
The Hole in the Wall with Girls in the Nose benefit to raise money to send us to NY for gay pride-Stonewall 25
Undated
Box 6 Folder 8
Liberty Lunch Outpunk record release hoedown with Swine King and Power Snatch
Undated
Box 6 Folder 8
Austin Outhouse with Pocket Fish "R" Men
1995-09-09
Box 6 Folder 8
Electric Lounge
Undated
Box 6 Folder 8
Electric Lounge, Gretchen Phillips art, staring Elisabeth Montgomery
Undated
Many versions, plus mock ups
Box 6 Folder 8
Cactus Café the Don Piper Situation Goodbye show
Undated
Box 6 Folder 8
Cactus Café, with Sincola
Undated
Box 6 Folder 8
Ruta Maya, Gretchen Phillips art
Undated
Plus mock-up
Box 6 Folder 8
Liberty Lunch with Swine King and Sincola
Undated
Box 6 Folder 8
The Brick Hut Café in the Bay Area
Undated
Mapcase Folder 1
J.R.’s in Dallas (famous fag disco)
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Promo poster for "Welcome to My World and a Half" cassette, Gretchen art
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Promo poster "Songs to Save Your Soul" cd
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Silkscreen signed and numbered Cactus Café Cd release show for "I Was Just Comforting Her"
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
"An Evening with Gretchen Phillips" poster
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
The Ritz, Texas Women Rock
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
The Hole in the Wall silkscreen
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
The Electric Lounge benefit for Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Molotov Lounge SXSW 2006 silkscreen
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
The Ritz, silkscreen
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
The Hole in the Wall, Gretchen art
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Cannibal Club, Jesus Christ Superhoot Austin Extravaganza
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Proteus, Gretchen’s 31st birthday party poster by Terri Lord
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
MondoHomo in Atlanta with Justin Bond
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
US Art Authority, Gretchen reading
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Fabulosa Fest in California with Erase Errata, Kaia Wilson, Phranc, Mirah
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Antone’s Free Laurie Freelove Benefit
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Vortex Theatre ManLove Solo performance piece
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
The Hole in the Wall with Glass Eye, Gretchen art
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Natasha’s Café in Kentucky, with Ana Egge
Undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Momo’s: Raising funds to send as many women as possible to Michigan Women’s Music Festival
Undated
Box 6 Folder 10
Fifth Street Theatre Red Light Theatre piece staring Gretchen and her lover
1985
Box 6 Folder 10
Capitol City Playhouse Dance Performance by Heloise Gold
Undated
Mapcase Folder 1
Boulder Theatre
1990
Mapcase Folder 1
McGill University
Undated
Mapcase Folder 1
Promo poster for chloe liked olivia
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Taos Coop with Poi Dog Pondering
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Rice University with Phranc
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
The Texas Tavern
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Maxwell’s in Hoboken with Kicking Giant
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Club Cairo in Austin
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Iron Horse in Northampton
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Filling Station
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Washington Avenue Showbar in Houston
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Washington Avenue Showbar in Houston
1989-08-04-1989-08-05
Box 6 Folder 11
Peabody’s Down Under in Cleveland
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
2 Nice Girls Rough Trade Promo Poster first album
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Jelly Club in Austin with Moist Fit The Bob Schneider
1992
Box 6 Folder 11
Cannibal Club with Glass Eye
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Carla’s Restaurant with Nancy Scott
Undated
Very first show ever, cover charge $2, plus mock-up
Box 6 Folder 11
Liberty Lunch with Phranc mock-up
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Continental Club with True Believers, art by Gretchen
Undated
Early gig
Box 6 Folder 11
Continental Club with Glass Eye,
Undated
Very early gig
Box 6 Folder 11
Continental Club First Birthday Bash mock-up
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Highways in Los Angeles, first time in Los Angeles
Undated
Lucinda Williams, Jodi Foster attended the show
Box 6 Folder 11
State Theatre with Teresa Trull and Bonnie Hayes
1986-11-01
First big women’s music gig
Box 6 Folder 11
Handout Ritz Theatre Rough Trade Presents during SXSW with Lucinda Williams, Souled American, and Scrawl
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Big Mamou with the Indigo Girls
Undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Pyramid Club in New York City
Undated
Box 6 Folder 12
Meg Hentges, The Steamboat, cd release
Undated
Box 6 Folder 12
Curve magazine legal fund benefit
Undated
Box 6 Folder 12
Museum of Human Achievement
Undated
Box 4 Folder 15
Homo Photo Club Butch Feelings calendars
2014-2015
Box 4 Folder 16
Assorted stickers
Undated