If you can catch the Wednesday, April 13th show of Oprah, I highly recommend it! This show is about “Rock Goddesses of the ’70s and ’80s” featuring Sister Sledge, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Salt n Pepa, Sheryl Crow, plus newbies like Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne. Check out Oprah’s show page here for more information. I can’t wait to watch!
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.
Ok! Coming up this week, I will have some new videos to post, including some from Anna F., Vixen, and The Blow Up Dollz.
Also be on the lookout for new Jukebox Heroines “See Green” and “Kissing Girls.”
I saw the one and only Joan Jett & The Blackhearts this past Friday at Yakima Nation Legends Casino…and I am still shakin’ all over! Front row center, I was drooling with awe at the legend that is Jett! I couldn’t take any pictures, nor, stand and rock out much (thanks security, total buzz kill) but I’ll never forget the night! I got some staff lanyards and, had the chance to hand my demo to Thommy Price! I asked him if they would give it a listen, and told him that Joan was the reason got the courage to play the guitar in the first place. He was totally cool and sweet. Let’s hope my demo is rockin’ in Joan’s ears as I blog!
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts played their biggest hits (of course!) but it was so amazing to also hear a few Runaways songs like Cherry Bomb, You Drive Me Wild, and School Days.
Here’s a photo from the show, of my rockin’ self and my partner.
And just for awesomeness, here are my favorite Joan Jett music videos: