Vivien Goldman is a British journalist, writer and musician. She was born in London, the child of two German-Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. She studied English and American literature at the University of Warwick. She began her career as a PR officer for Island Records.
Goldman lived in Paris for a year and a half, where she was a member of new wave duo Chantage, which gained modest fame in France. She released the "Dirty Washing EP" in 1981, with tracks produced by John Lydon and Adrian Sherwood. The EP appeared first on Ed Bahlman's iconic 99 Records imprint on June 3rd, 1981. Later the song "Launderette" was included on Gomma Records' "Anti NY" compilation and theChicks On Speed-produced Girl Monster collection. In that year she also contributed vocals (on 'Private Armies') to the New Age Steppers' self-titled debut.
Goldman wrote for the music magazines NME, Sounds and Melody Maker about reggae, punk and post-punk. She was a founding member ofThe Flying Lizards, shared a flat with fellow NME journalist and The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde, wrote songs for artists such asMassive Attack, launched the video career of Flavor Flav, and penned the first biography of Bob Marley. Goldman is also an accomplished documentarian and adjunct professor of punk and reggae at New York University's (NYU) Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music.