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Women in Rock

Women in Rock

Date: Jan 16 2001


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Throughout the history of music, women have changed the way we think about rock & roll. But no matter what they’ve done, they’ve always been overshadowed by male rock & rollers.
However, in the summer of 1997 Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan began to change all that.
She created a summer music festival including only women artists. After a short, but successful, test run, she scheduled a full summer tour called the Lilith Fair.


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Lilith Fair proved to be everything Sarah had hoped for. Almost all of the shows sold out, including the opening night concert in the 20,000-capacity Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington – which I attended.
It was an incredible show. The performers were all women, such as Tracy Chapman, Fiona Apple and Joan Osborne, but the audience was full of both guys and girls of all ages.
Perhaps other guys went to Lilith Fair because their girlfriends dragged them there, but I went because I love female musicians! I think a woman’s voice is the most beautiful musical intstrument in the world.



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Whether other guys were dragged or not, audiences bought a lot of tickets and Lilith Fair made a lot of money, proving that women are just as important to music as men.
After all these years, it’s about time that female rockers are finally receiving the attention and respect that they deserve.
Rock on,


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