Friday, March 3, 2017

Women Who Rock and/or Make History: Kate Bush and Ann Richards

March is Girl Women's History Month.

Fact: girls can do things too!

Fact: girls can't do rock and roll, or so one might conclude from the paucity of females inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (motto: "We've got Randy Newman!"). Real fact: girls can do rock and roll (some of them).

Since I am enjoying getting on my high horse (or getting high on horse), I'm going to double dip with a series of girl-on-girl posts. It's a combination of a female musical act (or a band with a female member [possibly more]) that merits* induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a female who did something like bake a cake or killed a guy (Laura Bush killed a guy).

Our next rocker is from the art rock milieu. Kate Bush might be the female equivalent to some hybrid of Peter Gabriel and David Gilmour. She might be the most literary songwriter around (as opposed to Vampire Weekend and of Montreal who are all about flexing their SAT vocabulary skills). Based on the audiences (artists like Bjork, Marc Almond, Lily Allen, Gemma Atterton, Boy George, Tracey Thorn and more, possibly Bowie and Madonna) at her Before the Dawn shows in 2014, she's clearly one of the most influential musicians of the last 30 years. Just ask the celebs, they'll tell you

Her albums have all been acclaimed and her songs have been covered by a variety of artists including Pat Benatar, Sinead O'Connor, Maxwell and Willie Nelson. 

Ann Richards is the second woman to be Governor of Texas (the first considered elected outright [the prior female being a proxy for her husband]), a feisty progressive woman leading, well, Texas.

She began her career as a junior high school teacher, later elected to the Travis county Commissioners' Court, then State Treasurer and ultimately Governor.
"…two women in 160 years is about par for the course. But if you give us a chance, we can perform. After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." 
She's probably best known for giving the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention (or possibly for dating Bill Dauterieve on King of the Hill).

* There is a wide spectrum of rock & roll gravitas for the artists included in the 31 I will include. I feel like a reasonable case can be made for each, and everyone one of these is at least as worthy as Randy Newman, 2103 inductee.

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