Hold My Coat? Not in Philly: The True Story of a Female Punk Pioneer Set for Release by DiWulf Publishing House

Teacher, author, and punk rock promoter Nancy Barile

Teacher, author, and punk rock promoter Nancy Barile

Finally, Philly punk rock gets its due. DiWulf Publishing House is very excited to announce a new book from punk rock teacher and Philadelphia promoter Nancy Barile. 

Hold My Coat? Not in Philly: The True Story of a Female Punk Pioneer from 1976 to 1982 is the working title for Nancy's book and it tells the story of a young woman's fight for acceptance, legitimacy, and meaning in a very male-centric scene at a time when punk rock was scary and new. The book is filled with memorable characters, punk rock riots, and colorful anecdotes. Nancy, an accomplished and highly lauded teacher who has spent a lot of time teaching and mentoring at-risk kids in Revere, MA, was instrumental in helping to birth the earliest punk scene in Philadelphia. From booking some of the city's earliest DIY punk shows to managing legendary Philly acts like Sadistic Exploits, Nancy was one of the earliest proponents of the underground music scene in and around the city of brotherly love. Whether it was booking the infamous Buff Hall show with Minor Threat and SSD (which eventually led to a friendship and eventual marriage to SSD legend Al Barile) or getting some of the biggest national and international punk bands to come through Philly, Nancy's story recounts both the history of the Philadelphia Punk scene and the challenges she faced as one of the only females to brave the sometimes-violent, sometimes misogynistic punk rock scene of the mid- '70s. Nancy's journey has been a long, dedicated one that started with punk's inception. Along the way she's forged many lifelong friendships with some of the most notable punk and hardcore bands to ever exist. 

Photo by: Allison Schnackenberg

Photo by: Allison Schnackenberg

In keeping with the DiWulf tradition of working exclusively with family and friends, Nancy is an old friend of the publishers. Nancy was a huge contributor to Amy and Steve's book about City Gardens and, since that first interaction, it has been an inevitable conclusion that Nancy would eventually join the DiWulf family. 

This book will chronicle the true story of my life as a disenfranchised Catholic School girl to punk rock fan, manager, and promoter. It will cover Philly music history through my natural progression.

Part memoir, part historical document, part inspirational story; Nancy's book aims to show the struggle for legitimacy in a culture that generally regarded women as objects or groupies or showpieces. Through her devotion to the music and her desire to be a part of something bigger, Nancy helped foster a community of outsiders and misfits and made an indelible mark in her local scene. Nancy was involved in booking some of the earliest punk shows in Philadelphia, making her mark with Punk Fest and attending shows at legendary Philly spots like The Elks Club, Omni, and The Hot Club. and it is that indomitable DIY ethic that has driven her in both purpose and execution. To this day she incorporates much of her punk rock experience in her role as an award-winning teacher, instructing the kids in her charge on how to do thing for themselves and to never let anyone decide what you can and can not do.

Photo by: Rikki Ercoli

Photo by: Rikki Ercoli

Work is underway to bring this story to fruition, and, as the publishers, DiWulf is proud to support and help introduce a strong female perspective. It is part of DiWulf's mission to give voice to those whose stories might never make it to publication, and to represent the strength and tenacity of those voices who might otherwise go unheard. 

A publication date has yet to be determined. DiWulf is aiming to have the book out in late 2018 or early 2019. Keep up with the progress and learn more about Nancy's process right here at DiWulf.com