Women Who Rock : Vision, Passion, Power exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open a
groundbreaking and provocative new exhibit that will illustrate the
important roles women have played in rock and roll, from its inception
through today. Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power
will highlight the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated --
and sometimes lesser-known women -- who moved rock and roll music and
the American culture forward.
The interactive exhibition will
spotlight more than 60 artists and fill two entire floors of the museum.
The exhibit will feature artifacts, video and listening stations, as
well as a recording booth where visitors can film a short story or
moment of inspiration related to women in rock. The exhibit will move
through the rock and roll eras, weaving a powerful and engaging
narrative that demonstrates how women have been the engines of creation
and change in popular music, from the early years of the 20th century to
the present. Women Who Rock is sponsored by PNC and Time Warner Cable.
Women Who Rock exhibit eras:
Suffragettes to Juke-Joint Mamas : The Foremothers / Roots of Rock.
In the 1920s, blues women like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith
were the first – and for a while, the only – artists to record the
blues. Mother Maybelle Carter made the first country music recordings in
1927. American women of this era made great strides toward gaining
equality and basic human rights for themselves and others in society,
including attaining the right to vote and working toward social justice.
The 20th Century was a wide-open opportunity for women to embrace the
modern world, outside of the traditional bounds of the home. The
narrative of these groundbreaking women will be presented along with the
stories of trailblazers such as Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Billie Holiday.
Get Outta that Kitchen, Rattle Those Pots and Pans: Rock and Roll Emerges
many of us know the names of the pioneer women
songwriters/singers/musicians of the ‘50s?” is a question asked by Yoko
Ono in her preface to She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll. Two names that the Museum will highlight in the emergence of rock are Ruth Brown and Wanda Jackson, the voices of two predominant roots of rock – R&B and country/ rockabilly, along with LaVern Baker and Brenda Lee.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: The Early 1960s / Girl Groups
groups, though sometimes seen as puppets manipulated by unseen and
mostly male handlers, were an authentic manifestation of the worldview
of teenage girls – a group just coming into its own in the early 1960s
and increasingly recognized for its growing economic power as consumers
and arbiters of style. The girl groups reflected teenage girls’
explorations of their world, their limitations and their limitless
potential. Groups like the Shangri-Las and the Ronettes give voice to those explorations and the possibilities that waited down the street or just around the corner.
Revolution, the Counterculture and the Pill: The Late 1960s
American society experienced a revolution in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, especially for African- Americans and women. Janis Joplin was the finest white blues singer of her generation; female singer-songwriters like Carole King and Joni Mitchell bared their souls, and Aretha Franklin
emerged as the Queen of Soul. Bonnie Raitt established herself as both a
strong vocalist and brilliant guitarist. Highlighted artists will also
include Tina Turner and Grace Slick, as well as country artist Loretta Lynn.
I Will Survive: The 1970s – Rockers to Disco Divas
are in the center of the ‘70s mainstream, from Joan Jett and the
Runaways, Heart and Fleetwood Mac to Donna Summer. The gains of the
feminist movement throughout the ‘70s enabled women working in all areas
of the music industry to assume more control over their careers.
Dance this Mess Around: Punk and Post Punk
said, “That was the beauty of the punk thing: [Sexual] discrimination
didn’t exist in that scene.” The DIY aspect of punk rock made it easier
for a woman to find a place in music. Highlighted artists will include
Yoko Ono, Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B-52s, Deborah Harry, Tina Weymouth, Kim Deal and Marianne Faithful.
Causing a Commotion: Madonna and the Pop Explosion
unapologetically celebrated and monetized her sexuality and
physicality, paving the way for female performers to explore previously
taboo roles and take control of their image and career. Highlighted
artists will include Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Britney Spears, Christina
Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Janet Jackson.
Ladies First: The ‘90s and the New Millennium
1990s was the era the riot grrrl, the rapper and the Lilith Fair,
reshaping traditional ideas of feminism and traditionally male-dominated
areas of the music industry. Women have arguably become the leading
voices of the industry, standing -- army-booted, bare-footed, or
high-heeled stiletto -- toe to toe with any artist of today. Highlighted
artists will include Bikini Kill, Meg White, Queen Latifah and Lady