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.
In the news:
New Mariah Carey Holiday Album “Merry Christmas II You” via Rolling Stone.
Robyn is to perform at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize concert On December 11 via Pitchfork.
Taylor Swift’s new album is set to break records it’s opening week via Rolling Stone.
Rihanna & Katy Perry collaboration is in the works via MTV.
Amy Lee & Evanescence set to release new album which may be a surprise to some via SPIN.
Interview with Kelly Zirbes via Go Girls Music.
Beyonce to host her second Thanksgiving Special on ABC via Billboard.
It’s On! Garbage has reunited and is putting out a new album! via Filter Magazine.
What’s it like to be a woman in Jazz? Well, let these nine women tell you via NPR.
Amy Winehouse cover’s Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” via SPIN.
University of South Carolina is offering a college course on Lady Gaga & The Sociology of Fame! Ha, I thought of this over a year ago! via NME.
Summertime = new music!
Macy Gray is kickin’ it old school with her new album via CBC News.
Liz Phair has also got up some new music on her website via Pitchfork.
Tracy Bonham has a new album out as well, her first in 5 years, via Billboard.
Jewel talks about her new album “Sweet and Wild” via NPR.
Review of Kylie Minogue’s new album “Aphrodite” via SPIN.
Amy Winehouse covers Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party!” via NME.
Plus, get a first listen of Bjork & Dirty Projectors new song “All We Are” via SoundCloud.
Free MP3 “Windstorm” by School of Seven Bells via KEXP.
Interview with Karen and Amy Jones via Go Girls Music.
Lil’ Kim may be collaborating with Rihanna on a new song via NME.
Lady Gaga vs. Ace Of Base? Really? via NPR.
New Book about Karen Carpenter called “Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter” via Amazon.
Janet Jackson turns it up at the Essence Music Festival via Billboard.
The latest Bitch Magazine mixtape is all about Sisters Who Make Music Together. It’s awesome!
10 More Lilith Fair dates have been canceled via Paste. This really sucks. We need a strong comeback for women in music!
Salt Lake City (July 12), Montreal (July 23), Raleigh (Aug. 4), Charlotte (Aug. 6), West Palm Beach (Aug. 10), Tampa (Aug. 11), Birmingham (Aug. 12), Austin (Aug. 14), Houston (Aug. 15) and Dallas (Aug. 16).
Girls Rock Camp Seattle Needs your help! Donate money and gear here.
New Sara Bareilles music video “King of Anything” via RockHer.