Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Women Who Rock and/or Make History: Tina Turner and Ida Wells

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).

Tina Turner is a member of the Hall of Fame as part of Ike and Tina Turner. This post makes a case for Tina Turner, solo artist, as inductee to the Hall. After divorcing Ike in 1978, Turner's career found a new life, first in the UK and parts of Europe, eventually around the world, earning her the title of Queen of Rock and Roll, a crown she still holds to this day. She is not Queen based solely on her work with Ike, and her solo work is more substantively rock & roll than the solo work of either Michael Jackson or RIngo Starr. Of her 8 Grammy awards, 7 are from her post-Ike solo career, and 4 are in the Rock category.

Ida Wells was a journalist and editor, a civil rights pioneer, and a feminist/suffragist. As a writer and activist, she focused on lynchings which were common in her home of Memphis and surrounding areas. She was one of the founders of the NAACP, although her name was not among the original list of founders

After a lynch mob killed her friend and 2 othersthe mob pulled the men from jail then strung them up and killed themshe called for a boycott of Memphis. More than 6,000 people moved away.

She kept her name after marrying Ferdinand Barnett.

* 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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