Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Spotlights #WomenWhoRock
Celebrate Women’s History Month with an interview with Brittney Spencer, new Taylor Swift artifact, virtual Fam Jam, and more
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is commemorating Women’s History Month with a series of virtual events and programs that celebrate the achievements of some of music’s most notable female rockers. Hear stories about the #WomenWhoRock as they are highlighted throughout March.
The Rock Hall’s 2022 Nominee ballot also features incredible female trailblazers, including Carlie Simon, Dionne Warwick, The Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Pat Benatar, and Kate Bush. Fans can cast their votes in the official Fan Vote, sponsored by Ohio. Find It Here., now through April 29th at rockhall.com.
Special virtual events, programs, and artifacts honoring #WomenWhoRock include:
New Taylor Swift Artifact
Right Here, Right Now Exhibit
The Rock Hall is adding the outfit Taylor Swift wore at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, where she Inducted Carole King, to its Right Here, Right Now exhibit. The outfit includes a black lace catsuit and Louis Vuitton boots.
March 10th @ 7pm EST
Interview with Brittney Spencer
Rock Hall YouTube
Rock Hall’s Director of Curatorial Operations & Artist Relations, Shelby Morrison, sits down for a virtual interview with Brittney Spencer, one of the most interesting women making music right now. Brittney is paving her own way in country music and making major waves in the process. She was named People Magazine’s One to Watch, was on Spotify and Pandora’s 2021 list of Hot Artists to Watch and is a member of CMT’s next woman of country. Her recent single “Sober and Skinny” has garnered praise from the New York Times, Rolling Stone and more.
March 12th @ 10 a.m. EST
Presented by The John P. Murphy Foundation
Watch on the Rock Hall’s YouTube page
Celebrate and learn about women in rock with free virtual music education activities, live performances, and storytime. Plus, sign up for your free Rock Hall EDU account to access supplemental activity information including craft supply lists, activity worksheets, and instruction sheets. Presented by the John P. Murphy Foundation and hosted in partnership with The Cleveland Public Library, The Beck Center for the Arts, and The Children’s Museum of Cleveland.
March 12th, 19th, 26th @ 6 p.m. EST
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Watch student bands perform during one of three competition rounds in front of industry judges. Three bands from each round will advance to the Final Exam. Throughout the competition in March, students will learn about #WomenWhoRock and special performances will pay homage to these trailblazers.
Wednesday, March 16th @ 7 p.m. EST
AMS Lecture Series
Rock Hall YouTube
Presented by Eric Hung and Leslie Li, this lecture on Recovering Early Asian American Voices in American Popular Music: Two Girl Groups, will discuss the many histories and absence of Asian Americans in American popular music despite their presence in the early histories of vaudeville, jazz, reggae, and many other styles. This presentation will examine two early Asian American girl groups — the Kim Loo Sisters and the Kim Sisters — and demonstrate how they navigated the American racial hierarchy, helped to fight stereotypes of Asians in the U.S. and disseminated/resisted changing U.S. foreign policies.
New materials added to Rock Hall EDU
Rock Hall EDU, free online learning resources
Bring the spirit of Women’s History Month into your classroom with free materials and collections including The Supremes Collection, Whitney Houston Collection, Accidentals Collection, Mavis Staples Collection, Aretha Franklin Collection, and more. Sign up now for your free account to access these materials.
Rock Hall celebrates Women Who Rock on Spotify
Listen, download and follow the Rock Hall’s latest playlists on Spotify featuring the most influential #WomenWhoRock from the 50s through the 90s.
Women played a central role in the development of the rock-and-roll genre, beginning with early blues artists, like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and gospel artist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Spirited rhythm-and-blues singers – such as Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, and rockabilly star Wanda Jackson added their creative talents to popular music through its explosive growth in the ‘50s. Girl groups, like the Shirelles and Supremes, and Rock Hall’s first female Inductee Aretha Franklin dominated the charts in the ‘60s while Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell carried the torch into the ‘70s. Artists such as Joan Jett, Ann Wilson, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, The Go-Go’s, Patti Smith, and Stevie Nicks paved the way for women in the ‘80s and ‘90s with their music and style. And, blazing through the 21st century includes the incredible voices of St. Vincent, Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and new generations of trailblazers who were influenced by those before them.
Experience the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s exhibits and programs to learn more about #WomenWhoRock. Visit rockhall.com/events for more info.
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