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RIP – Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex


Punk legend, riot grrrl original, and icon for rebel women everywhere, Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) died of cancer this Monday 04/25/11. She was the front-woman for the British punk rock band X-Ray Spex.

“Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, But I think — Oh bondage, up yours!”

Stickin’ it to the power, standing up for girls, FOREVER.

Photo via bjacques

Volunteer for Rain City Rock Camp For Girls!


Want to make a difference for young girls? Want to rock out, inspire, improve self-esteem, and have the best week of your life? Then I recommend volunteering for Girls Rock Camps this summer, preferably at your local branch if possible! Mine is Seattle, Rain City Rock Camp…so what is Rock Camp all about?

Basically it is a camp for girls ages 8-16 with the main goal of improving girls’ self-esteem, leadership skills, building community,  and inspiring them through the power of rock and roll.  It’s not a camp to cover songs, or learn the “right” way to play (the right way is YOUR way) but helps girls to find confidence through music, give them a voice, both literally and figuratively. How many of us would have the inner courage to step up to the mic and speak your mind?

Rock camp aids in this by exposing these girls to strong female role-models, and giving them a chance to participate with their peers in an activity that traditionally doesn’t place women as the music makers. The camp lasts one week, with girls forming bands, learning instruments, and writing songs, which they perform at the end of week, live on stage. It is an amazing moment, I cry every time! This is what rock is about!

So, what can YOU do? They need  interns, counselors, instrument teachers, roadies, band coaches, workshop leaders, general camp support, and some floaters to do a little bit of everything. No musical experience required for some of these jobs, just a positive attitude to turn it up! For more information, check out the link below.

http://www.raincityrockcamp.org/volunteerjobs.htm

Want to be in a camp like this but you’re over 16? Rock camp interns are usually 17 and 18, and Ladies Rock Camp is for those over 18. Same idea, it’s just a week of camp powered into a weekend.

If you can spare a few hours July 24-31, please help out! If not, you can always donate gear, money, help promote the camp, and attend the showcase and cheer on the bands. There are so many ways to help out, and every little bit helps!

Loud! Proud! Rock campers rule the crowd!

Are You Ready To Rock?!


Hello rocker bloggers!

I know! I have said it in earlier posts that I’ve been seriously lax in blogging lately (thanks full-time, rent paying job) but, I really want to get back to brining you the best and latest women in music news and reviews.

To try to get the ball rolling again (or drum drumming, pick strumming, whatever) let me tell you about Rain City Rock Camp for Girls.

I had the immense pleasure of volunteering for Rain City Rock Camp for Girls (formerly Seattle Rock Camp for Girls) and Ladies Rock Camp Seattle this summer. I must say, if ever you needed to be around a group of the most talented, strong, funny and dedicated femme-rockers, this is it. Fellow volunteers and I worked weeklong boosting girls’ self-esteem through music and as a side-effect, turned our own confidence up to 11. Girls Rock Camps were started in the  Riot Grrrl DIY ethic focusing on women centered empowerment + music. Since 2001,  rock camps have blossomed all over the US as a center for positive social change for a new generation of young women. Using rock music, local women mentor and remind girls that they have a voice, and should never be afraid to use it. Loud & Proud!

In the spirit of women-centered awesome, I encourage all of you to donate to your local girls/ladies rock camps, and check out the benefit concert for Rain City Rock Camp this November in Seattle!

8:00 pm, $10
November 13, 2010
The Slab at Seattle Drum School
1010 South Bailey St.
Seattle, WA 98108
206.763.9700

Now you just have to ask yourself one question…..What Would Joan Jett Do?

Rock out, Girl-Style!

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