Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Nancy Barile, an 8th generation Benjamin Franklin grandchild, went from disenchanted Catholic schoolgirl and glam maniac to instigator in Philly’s 1980’s gritty and burgeoning punk scene. Nancy discovered freedom at a time when punk music was new and dangerous. She moved to Center City in 1979, and her stories of Philadelphia in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s will bring back memories for those who were there, and open a door to an exciting and creative era for those who weren’t. Working at a staid law firm in the PSFS building by day, and experiencing the vibrant but sometimes dangerous Philly music scene by night, Nancy found her place behind the boards and right in the front row as musical artists from David Bowie, Queen, and Patti Smith to Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and Dead Kennedys, broke down walls and made history. She survived punk riots and urban decay, ran the streets of Philadelphia with a crew of like-minded rebels, and ultimately found true love, as she fought for fairness, became empowered, embraced the do-it- yourself work ethic, and found her purpose. Nancy will describe how she now draws from her punk rock experiences to help fuel her career as a National Board Certified, award-winning high school English Language Arts teacher in a Boston-area school.
Nancy Barile is a National Board Certified, award-winning high school English Language Arts teacher, an Adjunct Professor, writer, and author of I’m Not Holding Your Coat: My Bruises-and-All Memoir of Punk Rock Rebellion available at bazillionpoints.com. She lives outside Boston with her husband Al Barile and Flippy the Beagle.