Thursday, March 30, 2017

Women Who Rock and/or Make History: Bananarama and Catherine the Great

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).

Their early releases as a new wave act and their cover of Shocking Blue's "Venus" are the closest the band gets to rock & roll, but their hits in pop and dance earned them a Guinness Book of World Records entry as the all-female band with the most chart entries. 

Catherine the Great's 34 year reign over Russia is the longest by any female. The period ia considered a golden age for Russia: it included the Russian Enlightenment; a focus on education, including education for women;  and Russia's emergence as one of the major powers in Europe. Also she liked horses.  

Robert Massie Interview from Skip Prichard on Vimeo.

* 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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