The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


2012 Rock and Roll Night School

Revolution Girl Style Now! Punk Glory

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Self-consciously rebellious and defiant, punk rock emerged in the 1970s as a subculture that rejected what it saw as the overblown and outdated mythology of rock and roll history dominated by male performers.  This new punk attitude opened doors for women to actively engage rock and roll culture in fresh and exciting ways.  From Patti Smith to Bikini Kill, Siouxie Sioux to L7, female musicians claimed punk as their own into the 1980s and 1990s and created music that challenged listeners to listen in a new way, to challenge long held beliefs and to redefine the position of women in society.
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Ladies First: Women in Hip Hop

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

As part of the Rock Hall’s annual Black History Month celebration, we will explore the complicated and changing roles of women in hip-hop.  From early pioneers (Sha-Rock and Roxanne Shanté) to the game-changing artists of hip-hop’s second wave (Salt-N-Pepa and Queen Latifah) to today’s leading innovators (Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott), women have continually (and effectively) worked to have their voices heard in a genre too often dominated by men.  From marginalized artists to multi-platinum performers, this Rock and Roll Night School will examine the undeniable, yet often overlooked, impact and influence of women in hip-hop – then and now.
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Post-Madonna Meltdown: Rock and Pop at the Turn of the Millennium

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Madonna’s rise to pop music dominance in the 1980s set the stage for a pop explosion – but not without its own controversies and questions regarding what was “acceptable” behavior for women in music and society.  Fashioning her own image as a sexually confidant woman Madonna moved the post-punk battle into the area of mainstream popular music, a move that resulted in an entire new generation of pop icons including Britney Spears, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé.  These performers altered the pop landscape and challenged the category of rock in the post Madonna world.  This Rock and Roll Night School will explore what it means for female performers to challenge conventions while also situating themselves as icons within popular culture.

Sugar Hill Records founder (and original member of Mickey and Sykvia), Sylvia Robinson