The more I looked into the history of exclusion of women from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the madder I got. Fortunately, Salon allowed me to vent some steam. Did I go too far? Or not far enough?
Monthly Archives: December 2011
The fact that Guns N Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers are being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Heart are not epitomizes everything I hate about the rock establishment (aka the empire of Wenner). Fuck the power brokers. I still love rock’n’roll.
Our secretary of state made a historic speech today, before the UN, about LGBT rights. Please read/watch it; it moved me to tears. “…gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
There wasn’t a bad act at “Are Friends Eclectic?”
via KCRW Concert Review.
All that’s left of the Sugar Shack is the writing on the wall. A pizzeria now stands in the strip mall where, during the mid 1970s, the infamous all-ages club drew nubile nymphets from the Valley and Hollywood. The erstwhile lip-gloss mecca is on the other side of Laurel Canyon from the Sunset Strip, in a cute little gabled complex that also houses an old-fashioned photo service and a restaurant named Classique Raphy’s. It’s kind of hard to believe that, after the shuttering of the even more infamous Rodney’s English Disco, this suburban outpost became ground zero for the fertile, decadent LA glam scene — this picturesque commercial corner was jailbait central. It was here that Joan Jett and Kim Fowley found a blond bombshell singer, Cherie Currie, for the all-girl band they were forming, the Runaways. The only traces of that past, along with other graffiti Magic Markered on the white walls of Joe Peep’s Pizza, are tags celebrating: “Sugar Shack.” “Hollywood.” “1776 Biecentennial. 1976 Biesexual (sic).” Continue reading
Mecca Normal was one of my favorite bands of the late ’80s and ’90s. I loved David Lester and Jean Smith for their protest songs, like “I Walk Alone” (which I recently saw a band cover in San Pedro), and for their sometimes beautiful art noise. Hidden Cameras just recorded a cover of “Throw Silver” for an album about Canadian bands. It’s not as good as the original, but it’s interesting to hear. Thanks, David, for sending it my way.
“‘Weekly record sales for a performer or band leap 40 to 60 percent, on average, in the weeks after selection,’ says David Bakula, a senior vice president at Nielsen SoundScan.” That’s why it matters that more women need to be let in to the Rock Hall of Fame. Go Joan!