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digitization and music…the future


Jeff Price, who started his own record label in 1991 when he was in high school and is now the CEO of TuneCore, just posted this article to the Huffington Post. He talks about the way it’s changed, the marketing of music, that is.

For the past century, artists could record, manufacture, market, and, to some degree, promote their own music, but no matter if they were The Beatles, Elvis or Led Zepplin, they could not distribute it and get in placed on the shelves of the stores across the country; the required costs and infrastructure of the physical world were just too massive — a 500,00 square foot warehouse staffed with 30 people, trucks and inventory systems, insurance, a field staff of 30 people walking to music stores leveraging, begging, pleading and paying to get the CD, album, 8-track, wax spool, etc., on the precious shelves of the retail stores — and checking up afterwards. Distribution was out of the hands of any one person, no matter how dedicated or wealthy. Without the music available to buy, there was no way for it to sell.

Record labels made artists famous and made money off that fame by selling the music — without the music available to buy, there was no way for it to sell. The record labels exclusively had the relationships with the distributors (and in the case of the “four major record labels” the same company owns both). Therefore, with only one means to the desired end, the goal for many artists was to get “signed” to a label.

Record labels were in a very unique position of power due to their exclusive access to distribution, they were not only the singular gatekeepers to a career for an artist by “signing” them to an exclusive contract, but they were also the subjective “deciders” as to what music was pushed out and promoted to the media outlets. With a “signing,” the labels acquired exclusive rights to and from the artist. In return, the label advanced money while providing the relationships, expertise and infrastructure to record, manufacture, market, promote, distribute and sell the music. Of all the artists and music creators in the world, far less than 1% got chosen by the labels due to the risks and economics of the “brick and mortar” world. Of all the music created around the globe, even less has had the opportunity to be discovered and heard by the masses.

And then the world changed thanks to the Internet and digital media…….

As i read the article I realized even more strongly just how important it is for our listener supported, volunteer operated radio station to implement our digital music library as soon as we possibly can.

The Music Industry and the Future


This article in the Huffington Post talks

PSA: Red Herring Reunion

If you were in Chambana Illinois back in the day, or if you know anyone who was, this may interest you. The Red Herring Coffeehouse, one of two continuously operating coffeehouses in the area since the 1960’s is having a reunion April 11-14. It’s going to be a blast.

WMW 3/16/2008 Mothers, Daughters, Sisters Friends

Song Artist Album
1. You’ve Got a Friend Carole King Tapestry
2. A Mother Knows Alix Dobkin Love and Politics
3. Music in My Mothers House Holly Near Ronnie Gilbert This Train Still Runs
4. Three Women Carrie Newcomer Betty’s Diner
5. Daughters of Feminists Cathy Fink Marcy Marxer A Parent’s Home Companion
6. Dear Mom Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer A Parent’s Home Companion
7. Sometimes Mother Really
Does Know Best Christine Lavin Sometimes Mother Really Does Know best
8. Circle of Friends Cris Williamson Live in Concert
9. Mama’s Hands Three Weird Sisters Hair of the Frog
10. Sister Cris Williamson Live in Concert
11. Family Dar Williams Mortal City
12. My Mother’s Hands Four Bitchin’ Babes Fax It! Charge It!
13. Best of Friends Gerri Gribi The Gerri Gribi Songbook
14. If You Love a Hippopotamus Heather Bishop Belly Button
15. The Women Are Singing Tonight Cris Williamson Fringe
16. Something About the Women Holly Near Simply Love
17. There’s a Light Beyond
These Woods Mary Margaret Nanci Griffith There’s a Light Beyond These Woods
18. Children and all that Jazz Joan Baez Diamonds and Rust
19. Velveteen Kathy Mar Plus Ca Change; Plus C’est La Meme Chose (2cd set)
20. The Mother Peggy Seeger An Odd Collection
21. Daughters and Sons Kathy Mar My Favorite Sings
22. My Mom’s a Feminist Kristen Lems Equality Road
23. Sisters Dancing Together Leslie Fish Skybound
24. Mama I’m Coming Home Lily Holbrook Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt
25. Friendship Waltz Lui Collins Stone by Stone
26. Sweet Friend Margie Adam Best of
27. Soul Sister Mary Black Looking Back

Notable Lesbians in Women’s Music

Found this when I followed a YouTube Link of Holly Near singing on Hecate’s blog. Amazing!

Notes on WMW 3/2/2008

Womyn Making Waves 3/2/2008 In Celebration of Women’s History Month

In 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his breakthrough album, Born to Run. Donna Summer went to the top of her charts with the steamy disco classic “Love to Love You Baby.” David Bowie’s funky meditation on “Fame” went to number one. And the fledgling Olivia Records released their second full-length album, Cris Williamson’s The Changer and the Changed.

The Changer and the Changed was also produced entirely by women, from co-producers Margie Adam and Meg Christian (famous for her song “Ode to a Gym Teacher”) to assistant engineer Judy Dlugacz, now president of Olivia Travel, Inc. A 1975 review of the album in the feminist magazine Off Our Backs praised the album’s all-woman production, stating, “More than 40 women (and furred and feathered friends) are credited with assistance; the faces of those pictured on the inside jacket are a welcome sight when so many other women musicians are parading their stuff before all-male bands.” (afterellen.com-May 2005, Malinda Lo)

Song of the Soul was also the name of the show that I did on WEFT from 1986-1991. It was on in a couple of different places on the grid, but it was mostly on from 6-8 on Saturday morning, where it was known as “the other women’s music show on WEFT.”

Alix Dobkin’s album Lavender Jane Loves Women (Women’s Wax Works, 1973) was one of the first women’s music cd’s, even before Meg and Cris.

Chicago’s Minnie Riperton sings Joni Mitchell’s “Woman of Heart and Mind” from the 1972 album “For the Roses”

Lesbian Concentrate, from Olivia Records is a wonderful compilation album. The cover has an orange juice can with the title, Lesbian Concentrate: A Lesbianthology of Songs and Poems 100% Undiluted. It was the women communities response to Anita Bryant Florida Orange Juice Growers Association spokesperson and leader of the Save Our Children Campaign. Special thanks go to Alex who helped me by transferring the music from vinyl to digital.

Marie is based on a true story

The Duras Sisters are a Phoenix based filk trio.

No women’s music show would be complete without chocolate or the Motherfolkers.

Deborah Holland’s “The Panic Is On: Songs From the Great Depression” grew out of a project Deborah completed for her masters thesis at Cal State-LA. In the 1980’s she was co-founder of the pop trio Animal Logic with ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland and virtuoso bassist Stanley Clarke.

Elizabeth Cook has, in the country vernacular, Balls. Nanci Griffith compared her to Loretta Lynn, and I got this album just so I could play this song on Womyn Making Waves.

“If You Were a Woman” Bonnie Tyler. Written by Desmond Tyler and produced by Jim Steinman

Gerri Gribi – The Womansong Collection: Found Gerri Gribi at http://creativefolk.com.

Resource Web Pages Created and Maintained by Gerri Gribi:
1) AfroAmericanHeritage.com: The African American History & Heritage Site *Recommended by NEA Today, School Library Journal, and Kathy Schrock
2) Resources for Women’s Studies Programs & Women’s Centers:
Internet resources and how to use them, the Women’s Studies/Women’s Center Mailing Lists, an annotated discography of nearly 200 songs and compilations related to domestic violence and sexual assault. I also have a page devoted to the Women’s Suffrage Movement and Women’s Equality Day (August 26) and a Women’s/ Gender/ Diversity Calendar listing annual events.
3) For Folk Music Fans & Performers: both general-interest and women’s music related.
Songbooks, a suffrage-singalong sheet, how to find lyrics to that long-lost camp song, women’s radio programs, women’s music festivals and more. Listen to The Womansong Collection on the air.
4) Appalachian Studies Resources

“If you love a Hippopotamus” by Heather Bishop isn’t classic women’s music, but I found it at http://www.ladyslipper.org (Ladyslipper Catalog –for women’s music) and I have always loved it. “Did Jesus Have a Baby Sister” (lyrics by Dory Previn) just seemed to fit.

Holly Near’s “Imagine My Surprise” is another one of the classic lesbian love songs. Near was probably the first woman artist to start an independent record company when in 1972 she founded Redwood Records which became a major force in alternative music for nearly 20 years. She is a force for social change.

Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen” spoke to me before I ever knew she was gay. “Society’s Child” was her first hit, a song about another (at the time) unacceptable kind of love.

The Equal Rights Amendment:
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

In the 110th Congress (2007 – 2008), the Equal Rights Amendment has been introduced as S.J. Res. 10 (Sen. Edward Kennedy, MA, lead sponsor) and H.J. Res. 40 (Rep. Carolyn Maloney, NY, lead sponsor). These bills impose no deadline on the ratification process in their proposing clauses.

Loretta Lynn might not look much like a feminist but she had more banned songs than any other artist in the history of country music, including “Rated X,” about the double standards divorced women face, “Wings Upon Your Horns,” about the loss of teenage virginity, and “The Pill,” lyrics by T. D. Bayless, about a wife and mother becoming liberated via the birth control pill. Her song “Dear Uncle Sam,” released in 1966, was an early protest of the Vietnam War, and was added to live sets during the current Iraq War.

Meg Christian is another one of the founding mothers of Olivia records. The first show I ever heard on WEFT was Womyn Making Waves and one of the first songs I heard was “Ode to a Gym Teacher” (my response…you can’t have music like that on the radio. Fortunately I was wrong.)

Melissa…Brave and Crazy…what more needs to be said.

I first heard Kristen Lems singing Peggy Seeger’s “I’m Gonna Be an Engineer” I saw Ms. Seeger sing it at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival a long time ago. From Threescore and Ten (the album to celebrate Peggy’s 70th birthday.

Pat Parker
b. 1944 – 1989
If I could take all my parts with me when I go somewhere, and not have to say to one of them, “No, you stay home tonight, you won’t be welcome,” because I’m going to an all-white party where I can be gay, but not Black. Or I’m going to a Black poetry reading, and half the poets are antihomosexual, or thousands of situations where something of what I am cannot come with me. The day all the different parts of me can come along, we would have what I would call a revolution.

Tribe 8 was an all-women outspoken dyke punk band from San Francisco, California. Considered one of the first queercore groups.

I Am Woman by Helen Reddy Released: 1972 Australian Ray Burton co-wrote the song with Helen Reddy. Burton’s contribution was writing the music to go with Helen Reddy’s lyrics and editing her lyrics to fit his musical structure.

“I first wrote the song in August 1970,” explained Burton. “It was first released by Capitol Records in late 1970 as an album track on Helen Reddy’s first album. It was what they call a ‘sleeper’ in the music industry. In other words, it sat on the album doing nothing for 2 years and then as the women’s liberation movement gathered momentum, Capitol Records released it as a single. The women’s liberation movement then adopted it as their anthem and the rest is history.”

Rory Block (born Aurora Block, November 6, 1949,[1] Princeton, New Jersey) is an American female blues guitarist and singer, a notable exponent of the country blues style

Sue Keller sings “Wild Women Don’t Sing the Blues” by Ida Cox.

“Sometimes It’s a Bitch”:
Jon Bon Jovi wrote this for Nicks and sang it with her. In the liner notes to her TimeSpace album, Nicks said: “When I first heard this song, I really did not quite understand what Jon was trying to say, but over the 2 weeks that we sang it together (at my mike), I started to realize that Jon, without knowing it, had sort of taken a time machine back 18 years and watched my life, the good parts and the bad. It was not a love song, which of course, I had expected it to be; it was much more than that to me. Bon Jovi had picked up on the fact, before meeting me, that there was no way he could know what I had lived through without having lived through it with me, so he dreamed. He dreamed about what the notorious Stevie Nicks had been like and what it had all done to her… the indulgences, the lifestyle. I felt that if he knew nothing else about me, he knew I had a strong instinct to survive. Someday, maybe all the people who did not go through this with us will understand; that considering the generation we come from, we are very lucky to be alive.”

Seanan McGuire is a California filker who knows that goddesses are just like the rest of us.

From “Images of Women,” by Robin Greenstein a look at women’s lives thru traditional Anglo and Afro-American folk songs, as well as family and children’s programs “Wish I was a Single Girl Again.”

Nanci Caroline Griffith, (born July 6, 1953 in Seguin, Texas) is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. Her career has spanned a variety of musical genres, predominantly country, folk, and what she terms “folkabilly.” Griffith won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1994 for her recording, Other Voices, Other Rooms. Griffith is a survivor of breast cancer which was diagnosed in 1996, and thyroid cancer in 1998.

Nanci’s dear friend Mary Margaret, inspiration for There’s A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret), passed away last week., and her memorial services were held yesterday.

Jill Sobule: the YouTube Video for “I Kissed a Girl” can be found at


Womyn Making Waves Playlist 3/2/2008

In celebration of Women’s History Month

Womyn Making Waves 3/2/2008 Playlist

1. Song of the Soul Cris Williamson Live in Concert
2. If It Wasn’t for the Women Alix Dobkin Love and Politics
3. Living With Lesbians Alix Dobkin Living with Lavender Jane
4. Woman of Heart and Mind Minnie Riperton Best of Minnie Riperton
5. Leaping Lesbians Sue Fink Lesbian Concentrate
6. Marie Cathy Winter Breath on My Fire
7. Rubenesque Duras Sisters Rubenesque
8. Chocolate Mother Folkers Live at the Arveida Center
9. I Am a Union Woman Deborah Holland Panic is on
10. Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman Elizabeth Cook Balls
11. If You Were a Woman Bonnie Tyler Super Hits
12. Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here Any More Gerri Gribi The Gerri Gribi Songbook
13. If you Love a Hippopotamus Heather Bishop Belly Button
14. Best Friend (The Unicorn Song) Margie Adam Best of
15. Did Jesus Have a Baby Sister Heather Bishop Old New Borrowed Blue
16. Imagine My Surprise Holly Near Imagine My Surprise
17. Society’s Child Janis Ian Society’s Child-the Verve Recordings
18. Ballad of the ERA Kristen Lems Equality Road
19. The Pill Loretta Lynn Respect
20. Ode to a Gym Teacher Meg Christian Best of Meg Christian
21. Brave and Crazy Melissa Etheridge Brave and Crazy
22. Gonna Be an Engineer Peggy Seeger Three Score and 10
23. For Straight Folks… Pat Parker Lesbian Concentrate
24. Sisters Rory Block Ain’t I a Woman
25. Butch in the Streets Tribe 8 Fist City
26. I am Woman Helen Ready I Am Woman
27. Wild Women Don’t Sing the Blues Sue Keller Wild Women
28. Sometimes It’s a Bitch Stevie Nicks TimeSpace
29. Downhome Aphrodite Seanan McGuire Stars Fall Home
30. Wish I was a Single Girl Again Robin Greenstein Images of Women
31. Looking for the Time Nanci Griffith There’s a Light Beyond These Woods
32. I Kissed a Girl Jill Soubule Jill Sobule