Monthly Archives: November 2010
Accuracy and oppression? Where in the world is she going with this? Well, I shall tell you.
I recently read an article on NPR.org about a new rap anthology that is being released. The article “Why The Errors In ‘The Anthology Of Rap’ Matter” by Jacob Ganz was interesting, but I felt it failed to mention a few key issues which I think are extremely important. Though the article’s topic isn’t specifically about women in music, there is a connection here between oppressed groups and their representation (or misrepresentation) by those who would catalog them. This anthology of rap book and it’s shortcomings I feel are very similar to the misrepresentations, purposeful discounting of experience, and just sloppy journalism many Riot Grrrls experienced in the early 1990s.
So, let me explain.
This is an anthology of rap lyrics. Awesome. Problem: lyrics are wrong! And some people think “Oh well, our bad. No big deal.” Say what?
Would you have such a nonchalant attitude if this was a Beatles anthology of song lyrics? I highly doubt it. If this book was titled “Classic Rock Anthology,” there would be hordes of unpaid, starving, and paisley clad interns making sure every comma and contraction was painstakingly correct. And then, they would bring in a new batch of interns, and check it all over again.
Marginalized groups have always had a difficult time having their voices heard and heard in a way, shape, and form that they choose. Rap music is no exception. Often those in privileged positions in society will try to “speak” for these groups, showing their “expertise” on their issues and problems. This usually ends up being patronizing and yet another way for the actual people in these groups to be silenced. Ya know, the man trying to tell other people about their own history and culture and what not.
Check out the latest women in music news from the interwebs. These are just some of the articles that I have come across today. However! Do not fret! Look to your right, ——–> …… ok now scroll down a bit, and you will now see an RSS reader which lists articles featuring female musicians. Because so much news comes my way, I figured I would pull out 10 articles or so a week and post a blog entry, and the others you can read on the right hand side of your screen. The reader only lists the 20 most recent articles, so please check back frequently for the newest items. But, if you just can’t get enough women in music news, just click the little orange RSS icon next to “Latest News” and you can syndicate the news that I do! Awesome!
Norah Jones & Dolly Parton collaboration? Maybe! via Paste.
Susan Boyle’s album hits number 1 in the UK via Billboard.
Best Coast brings you a holiday tune ‘Got Something For You” for Target via Exclaim.
Wild Flag is going on tour with punk rock awesomeness via Pitchfork.
KT Tunstall is back and is releasing her third album “Tiger Suit” via NPR.
La Sera announce debut album filled with dreamy old-school pop tunes via Exclaim.