I am extremely stoked that you get to meet one of my favourite Vancouver-based humans, the extremely brilliant author and podcaster Andrea Warner. We talk about her new book, Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography, as well as the overwhelming whiteness of music journalism, different tactics for fucking shit up, and what it might look like for white people to shut up and listen for a while. You’re going to want to know everything about Andrea by the time you finish listening to this episode, so here are some links:
- Start off by reading this excerpt from the Buffy bio: “When Buffy Sainte-Marie Met Big Bird”
- Then go read her first book, We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the’90s and Changed Canadian Music
- You can read some of her other music writing like this oral history of the Indigenous music Juno Award category or this profile of Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq
- And finally, you can listen to her talk about feminism and pop culture on her very own podcast, Pop This! Don’t know where to start? Obviously start with me talking about The Craft.
- Wait one more thing! Andrea and I are both part of the programming team for the Vancouver Podcast Festival, so go buy tickets right now!
The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Andrea’s theme song is “The War Racket (Unplugged)” by Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.