As is the case when I am procrastinating a mountain of work, I discover stuff that takes the guilt away and then I share what I find. This morning I sent the following email to the Feminist Listserve I subscribe to and my oldest pal Christina.
Sometimes it is nice to honour the ladies that paved the way, irrespective of this one’s current conservatism, she is considered to be one of the first female rock and rollers who played guitar on stage and was the first to perform some great iconic songs that challenged what a woman should do, e.g. Silver Threads and Golden Needles, or Hard Headed Woman. The lyrics are great, turning Eve into a tough gal tellin’ Adam what to do! Youzee! According to Jack White, White Stripes:
“She’s influential to every modern female singer, whether they know about her or not,” Mr. White said. “She broke down those walls in the beginning, when it was the hardest to do.”
The songs would not be that risky today, but then, wow, talk about radical.
Jack White, is producing her new album, and this video, shows the reverence he and the band have for her. I thought it really quite touching, and wonderful to discover this woman.
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Christina and I got to exchanging emails, and wondering about awesome women in Canada that should be posted in Wikipedia. Christina is a consultant for an aboriginal consulting firm, so I asked about aboriginal woman. Lots of back and forths with the circle completed with second discovery of a cool contemporary feminist musician from Iqualuit that opened for the White Stripes in the North. Lucie Idlout! She is a bit gritty, hard hitting, rocker, political and hot! Along with that, a kickass artist.
Whiskey Breath is a raunchy rock and roll song that has me playing air guitar!
Follow that up with E5-770, My mother’s name, about the practice the Canadian Government had or renaming and referring to the Inuit with a disc number they had to wear around their necks as they naming system did not fit into states way of officially recording people.. Top that off with this hard core song.
“Lovely Irene”, a reworked version of her song “Angel Street”. An early demo version of that song had previously inspired Iqaluit mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik to launch a campaign to call attention to the issue of domestic violence in Canada, by asking Canadian cities to name a city street Angel.
She is just so cool and hard hitting - Irene, high heels on a gravel road. Christina found Lucie as I had pointed her to Elisapee Sheutiapik who was amazing on the Senate Committee investigating the Census issue. A morning of convergences!