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.
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.
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!