Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Place we wish we'd been

The "Women Who Rock" Exhibit Opening and Concert on May 14, 2011 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Inductees Darlene Love, Mavis Staples, and Ronnie Spector sang "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" with Cyndi Lauper. Sigh. Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson was also in the house!
(Photos by Janet Macoska)
Whoa! Dig the raw power in this vintage Jackson performance ... the guitar she's using, a Martin D-18, now resides in the museum, along with one of her costumes.

I love love love Mavis Staples. She has such beautiful energy. Here's a muddy but great old video of Staples singing "I'll Take You There."


  1. Always great to see these icons get the recognition and respect they so deserve!! Women in Rock and Roll have played an equal role since its' inception and it's inspiring to see the legends together. A quote from my favorite woman in rock, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) ---
    “What’s it like to be a girl in a band? I don’t quite understand. That’s so quaint to hear. I feel so faint, my dear … ”
    Great thread! Really got me thinkin'

  2. HA! love it. I must check them out...

  3. I especially like the funky old song sung by Mavis Staples. It makes me want to get up and dance! And I love that term, "raw power" - those women have it! They also have a joy and reckless abandon when they sing that is great to watch!ME

  4. that wanda jackson video is great! she is a rock star through and through. what a voice, and that dress...!