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.
Heart is hitting the road this summer to promote their new album “Red Velvet Car.” It’s their first album in 6 years! I’ll get the amazing chance to see them live in September and I cannot wait! Check out this article, and some photos via their facebook.
Leiana – Philly rocker who doesn’t take shit. We have a lot in common! PA produces a lot of in your face chic rockers…why? ‘Cause we don’t have much else to do beside be angry there…
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Free mp3 of “Everything to Lose” by Dido via amazon.
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs photos from MOMA here.
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Get a La Roux and Major Lazer mixtape for free while it lasts via Filter.
Bettye LaVette covers classic British Rock on her new album, via Paste.
Lydia Mendoza, Mexi-American artist, Queen of the Tejano, freakin rocks the 12 string guitar via NPR.
Natalie Merchant live on World Cafe, listen on NPR.
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Jezebel interview with Melissa Etheridge here.
Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos is a superheroine! Well, yes, of rock & roll, but now comics to! Check her out in Lady Robotika via Billboard.
Emily is now hosting her own kickin’ radio show “Jukebox Heroines” on Women Rock Radio! Tune in Thursdays, 6:00 pm PST! This week, it’s her debut show, featuring a tribute to the one and only The Runaways! You’ll hear your favorite Runaways hits, plus solo music from Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and Lita Ford!
Dust off that turntable! Get out your old mixtapes! Emily is bringing you all the grrrl-style music you can handle!
Check it out and support women rockers on Women Rock Radio! This ain’t your mama’s radio station!
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Stream Hole’s new album now, right here.
More riot grrrl contributions to Fales’ Library. via Village Voice. Awesome!
More The Runaways reviews via The F-Bomb.
Another of my new favorite blogs, feminist Frequency! Totally analysing the pop culture. Check it out!
Corin Tucker, from the legendary Sleater-Kinney is looking to do a solo album! OMG! via Tinymixtapes.
If women rule the music charts, does that translate into actual power? via The guardian.
The Living Sisters– Vintage Girl Group sound for 2010! Love it! Via NPR.
Kate Nash, My best friend is You album, is out now! via Paste.
Emmylou Harris interview on World Cafe, listen now! via NPR.
What Glee’s tribute episode to Madonna on Hulu now.
Natalie Merhcant also has a new album out as well called Leave Your Sleep.
Listen to Sarah Mclachlan’s new single “Loving You Is Easy” on here website.
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