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Rock & Roll Memoirs


It’s yucky outside. Many of us are stuck indoors (or prefer it over going out in the chilly temperatures and/or rain here in Seattle.) It’s why we have so many book stores and coffee houses! Warmth and liquid motivation. So what better way to pass the time than to read about some of your favorite rockers!

There have been quite a few new memoirs released by my favorite Jukebox Heroines. Here are the latest, plus three re-releases with extra material.

Pat Benatar – Between A Heart & A Rock Place

Belinda Carlisle – Lips Unsealed: A Memoir

Cherry Vanilla – Lick Me: How I Became Chery Vanilla

Cherie Currie – Neon Angel: A Memoir Of A Runaway

Tina Turner – I, Tina: My Life’s Story

Loretta Lynn – Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter

Xylos, Emma Hill, The Lindbergh Line + Clara Engel


Electro-Pop band Xylos, is releasing their debut album April 5, 2011. Preview the track “Not Enough” here.
Emma Hill – Folk Roots and Americana. Emma has a new album called “Meet me at the Moon”, out now. Homey vocals with heart.
Montreal dirty-pop band, The Lindbergh Line. Remember all the sneers and strutting of Pat Benatar, Tina Turner, and Cherie Currie? Remember when rock was cool? Well, that’s the kind of rock ethos you’ll get with The Lindbergh Line. Check out their EP “Bang Bang You’ll Be Missed.”
Clara Engel is a prolific Toronto singer-songwriter with a focus on Avant Garde and Experimental. In the studio since she was 21, she has released 7 albums to date. Download her latest live album as well as her others here.

Women & The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Well gee finally!

Considering most inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been (and continue to be) men, it is nice that the place is starting to recognize the contributions women have made and continue to make to music. Their new exhibit entitled “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” will open on May 13, 2011.

You can check out some images from the exhibit here.

Despite the lack of (que Aretha) respect given to female artists, I hope this exhibit will be a permanent or constantly updating, featuring, and a changing part of the museum, and not just a token display. A permanent exhibit would really give women the props they deserve. If it’s not permanent, it continues the notion that “women who rock”  aren’t really normal, that “women in  rock” are just a fluke. So, now that we “honored” women, back to our regular man-rocker 24/7 coverage.

From what I can tell from the website, the display will feature women in music from the 1920s with artists like Bessie Smith to current rockers like Lady Gaga. The features will include outfits worn by these women (I hope that isn’t the bulk of the exhibit….seriously these women are musicians, not models!)  handwritten song lyrics, videos, concert posters, instruments, ect. You can also record your own personal message in a recording both on how these women have shaped or impacted your life.

The exhibit will also kick off with a concert featuring the one and only Wanda Jackson and Cyndi Lauper. I am going to try my hardest to make this opening just to see those two on stage. What magic! What legends!

So, while I have some reservations as to if this exhibit will meet the standards of professional admiration, respect, and exposure for female artists that male artists receive, I am hopeful it will at least continue to remind people that women rock, and always have. While we don’t need a museum to validate our art, we will know we truly have gained what we deserve when they don’t have a special exhibit for “women who rock,” but when women are just a regular part of the museum.

Photo via The Runaways.

Listen to Jukebox Heroines on Women Rock Radio!


Heads up!

Emily is now hosting her own kickin’ radio show “Jukebox Heroines” on Women Rock Radio! Tune in Thursdays, 6:00 pm PST! This week, it’s her debut show, featuring a tribute to the one and only The Runaways! You’ll hear your favorite Runaways hits, plus solo music from Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and Lita Ford!

Dust off that turntable! Get out your old mixtapes! Emily is bringing you all the grrrl-style music you can handle!

Check it out and support women rockers on Women Rock Radio!  This ain’t your mama’s radio station!

Rock on!

Emily

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