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.
So, as I pack my iPod full of holiday tunes for the long plane ride this weekend, I thought I would share with you my chic mix playlist – Holiday edition. If you have other notable holiday tunes, or have a specific favorite, please feel free to post them in the comments! I’d love to know what you are jammin’ to!
- Blue Christmas – Ann & Nancy Wilson
- Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
- Rockin Around The Christmas tree – Brenda Lee
- My Christmas Tree – The Supremes
- O Come All Ye Gentlemen – Sarah Mclachlan + Barenaked Ladies
- Santa Claus is Coming To Town – Cyndi Lauper + Frank Sinatra
- All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
- Christmas Tree – Lady Gaga
- Silver & Gold – Vanessa Williams
- Santa Baby – Madonna
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Ronettes
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Pat Benatar
- Little Drummer Boy – Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
- Jingle Bells – En Vouge
- Deck The Halls – Peggy Lee
- I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Lita Ford & Twisted Sister
- O Christmas Tree – Aretha Franklin
- Merry Christmas Baby – Bonnie Raitt
- I Believe in You – Sinead O’connor
- Sleigh Ride – Spice Girls
- Do You Hear What I Hear – Destiny’s Child
- Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters
Photo via flickr.
Lady Gaga on Women & HIV. The whole thing is full of amazing quotes by her and Cyndi Lauper. So, just watch it!
Video Via MAC.
Lady Gaga on her image:
“My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. They didn’t think the photos were commercial enough. ‘We can’t see your while face, we can’t see your whole body, it’s too dark, it’s not pretty,'” she says. But you know, I can be whoever the f**k I want to be. That’s what artists do. We choose what you see ans we tell a story. And the last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.”
“I would never leave my career for a man right now, and I would never follow one around.”
from Elle Magazine Jan 2010.
Lady Gaga on her career:
“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”
from Cosmo April 2010.
And just to note, I’d never thought I would willingly buy an issue of Cosmo, let alone quote it. Wow.