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Womyn Who Rock – Joan Jett

Thanks Diane F. Germain 

Joan Jett was born in 1958 as Joan Marie Larkin. She is a rock ‘n’ roll singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer, and sometimes an actress. Joan had a string of hits in the 80s and 90s. She began her career in music at age 15 in the punk–pop band, “The Runaways”. The movie of the same name portrays her early career and is quite delightful.
Joan moved to Southern California when she was a teen and learn to scream. Critics didn’t know what to do with the band’s youth and female sex. Many critics, then, disparaged them in their reviews. The Runaways sang about sex, rebelling, and hard partying. Cherry Curie on lead vocals wore lingerie on stage and Joan wore a red leather jumpsuit. Their first album called “The Runaways” failed to impress but “Cherry Bomb” became a punk hit. The next year, their second album, “Queen of Noise” was not well received in the United States. However, the Japanese raved about it and gave it three gold records, there. In 1979, The band broke up.

Joan ask her parents for her first guitar. She went to a guitar teacher (male) to learn to play. He told her right out of the gate, “girls don’t play rock ‘n’ roll”. With sexist attitudes like that, it’s amazing that girls get anything done at all. The Rolling Stone Magazine hated the Runaways. Jimi Hendrix said that “Women in rock ‘n’ roll are going to be looked at as aliens. And it was true, these young Women musicians were called sluts, of course, (Joan tells us). Joan, also said, “tell me I can’t do something. You know, I’m going to be doing it.”

In 2011, a book called, “Bad Reputation” was published as the unauthorized biography of Joan Jett. In 2018, “Bad Reputation”, the movie, is coming out in a theater near you.

In 2010, Kristen Stewart played a brooding Joan in “The Runaways“. This authorized documentary shows the real Joan and her take on her early beginning, facing eye-popping sexism in her rise to rock ‘n’ roll royalty.

When asked about her sexuality especially with her band-mate Cherie, Joan says, “focus on the music. If you want to know about me, listen to the lyrics”.

This is a picture of Joan in the 1980s playing to an enthusiastic audience in Norway. In April 2014, Joan was the first Woman to win a Golden God award. She also won an AP Icon award from the alternative press in the same year. Joan, so far, has made 42 singles and 14 studio albums. She has two platinum albums for “Up Your Alley” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”.









Women Who Rock – Sister Rosetta Tharp

The Ace of Cups*   posts every week on Facebook about #Women Who Rock

“This #WomenWhoRockWednesday we shine light on Sister Rosetta Tharpe! Despite not being a household name today, she is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Her skill and showmanship on the newly electrified guitar played a vital role in the conception of Rock ‘n’ Roll as a genre of music. She was the first guitar heroine of Rock ‘n’ Roll and will forever be ‘The Godmother of Rock and Roll”. Thank you, Sister Rosetta!!!

“A queer black woman from Arkansas who shredded on electric guitar, belted praises both to God and secular pleasures, and broke the color line touring with white singers, she was gospel’s first superstar, and she most assuredly rocked.” – Rolling Stone


August 26 1917-

“Our daughters’ daughters will adore us,
And they’ll sing in grateful chorus,
Well done, Sister Suffragette!”

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was declared in effect.


WMW playlist August 26 2018 host barb

Playlist Date host barb/kittent Show Name
8/26/2018 Womyn Making Waves
Artist Song Disk Disk Released Label
Emily Blue Falling In Love *69 2018 Emily Otnes
Teen Vice Out of Excuses Saddest Summer 2017 CMSN
Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin 2017 Rhino / Warner Bros.
Jenny Bienemann The Monster Every Soul Grows to the Light 2017 Jenny Bienemann
Kyle Carey Sweet Damnation The Art of Forgetting 2017 Riverboat
Kara Grainger Reason To My Verse Living With Your Ghost 2018 Station House Records
Aretha Franklin Respect A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin 2017 Rhino / Warner Bros.
Amy Ray Didn’t Know a Damn Thing Holler 2018 Compass
Nichole Wagner Rules of Baseball And the Sky Caught Fire 2018 Star Catcher
Susanna Rich Nicole Brown Simpson Acoustic Rainbow Roots v. 48 v/a 2018 Poet Man Records
Shemekia Copeland Would You Take My Blood America’s Child 2018 Alligator
Big Bad Gina Hey Goddess Amazon Warrior Princess 2010 CD Baby
Dori Rubbicco No Regrets Stage Door Live 2018 Whaling City Sound
Nancy Cassidy Warrior of Time River’s Rising 2018 Twitter Twatter
Kate Callahan Look For the Good Triumph 2018 Kate Callahan
Holly Near When I Grow Up 2018 2018 Calico Tracks Music
Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Sam Gleaves If the Poor Don’t Matter Shout and Shine 2018 Community Music
Indigo Girls Galileo Indigo Girls Live with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra disc 1 2018 Rounder
Holly Near Simply Love Imagine My Surprise! 1978 Redwood Records
Rachael Sage Haunted by Objects Myopia 2018 MPress
Rhiannon Giddens Birmingham Sunday Freedom Highway 2017 Nonesuch
Janis Ian What About the Love Breaking Silence 2016 Rude Girl
Corday Lucky Me Kick Ash! 2004 Envy Records
Suede I Like to Lead Dangerous Mood 2008 Easily Suede
Gretchen Wilson If I Could Do It All Again Playlist: The Very Best of Gretchen Wilson 2006 Sony

WMW playlist August 19 2018 – host Gina

Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018 RIP)

Playlist Date host Show Name
8/19/2018 Gina Womyn Making Waves
Artist Song Disk Disk Released Label
Corrine Bailey Rae Daydreaming Corrine Bailey Rae Special Edition 2007 EMI
Aretha Franklin Son of a Preacher Man A Natural Woman 1997 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin Reach Out and Touch Live at Filmore West 1971 Warner Music Group
Aretha Franklin I Say a Little Prayer for You A Natural Woman 1997 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin People Get Ready Queen Of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1992 Rhino/Atlantic
Aretha Franklin Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing A Natural Woman 1997 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin Try a Little Tenderness The Queen In Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 2002 Columbia/Legacy
Aretha Franklin with Tony Bennett How Do You Keep the Music Playing Duets II 2011 Sony Music Entertainment
Aretha Franklin It Hurts Like Hell Waiting to Exhale Original Soundtrack Album 1995 Arista Records
Aretha Franklin with Frank Sinatra What Now My Love Duets 1993 Capitol Records
Aretha Franklin Someone Elses’s Eyes Women for Women 1994 Polygram Records
Aretha Franklin Tracks of My Tears Chain Of Fools 1969 Rhino
Aretha Franklin Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) Aretha’s Best 2001 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin Eleanor Rigby A Natural Woman 1997 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin The Weight 30 Greatest Hits 1970 Atlantic
Aretha Franklin Take My Hand, Precious Lord Take My Hand, Precious Lord 1968 You Tube
Aretha Franklin A Song for You Let Me in Your Life 1974 Atlantic Recording Corp
Aretha Franklin Bridge Over Troubled Water A Natural Woman 1997 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin A Change is Gonna Come I Never Loved A Man The Way That I Love You 1967 Atlantic
Aretha Franklin Think Live on Letterman 1997 Reprise
Erma Franklin Piece of My Heart Something to Believe In 2012 Rhino Records
Eurythmics with Aretha Franklin Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves Be Yourself Tonight 1985 RCA Records
Aretha Franklin RESPECT Aretha’s Best 2001 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin Baby I Love You Aretha’s Best 2001 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin Rock Steady A Natural Woman 1997 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin Chain of Fools Aretha’s Best 2001 Atlantic Records
Aretha Franklin Daydreaming Aretha’s Best 2001 Atlantic Records

WMW playlist August 12 2018 – host Megan

Playlist Date host Show Name
8/12/2018 Megan Womyn Making Waves 
Artist Song Disk Disk Released Label
Jean Deaux Energy^ Energy^ 2018 Jean Deaux^
Diana Ross I’m Coming Out^ Diana^ 1980 Motown Records^
Janelle Monae Tightrope ft. Big Boi^ The ArchAndroid^ 2010 Bad Boy Records^
Jazmine Sullivan Masterpiece (Mona Lisa) Reality Show 2015 RCA Records
Jamila Woods HEAVN Heavn 2017 Jagjaguwar
Beyonce Flawless Remix^ BEYONCE (Platinum Edition) 2013 Columbia
Lizzo Water Me^ Water Me^ 2017 Nice Life Recording Records^
Rayana Jay Undefeated^ Undefeated^ 2018 Hollywood Records^
Kadhja Bonet Mother Maybe^ Childqueen^ 2018 Fat Possum Records^
Solange Rise A Seat at the Table 2016 Columbia
Hiatus Kaiyote By Fire^ Choose Your Weapon 2015 co-sign
Mary J. Blige My Life^ My Life^ 1994 MCA Records^
Alicia Keys Girl On Fire^ Girl On Fire^ 2012 RCA Records
Mitski Nobody^ Nobody^ 2018 Dead Oceans^
ABRA Roses^ Rose 2015 Records DK
Lorine Chia Purple^ Purple^ 2018 SweetNoise^
St. Vincent Savior^ Masseducation 2017 4AD
Yazmin Lacey 90 Degrees^ When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees^ 2018 First World Records^
Esperanza Spalding & Algebra Blessett Black Gold^ Radio Music Society (Deluxe Edition) 2012 Universal Music Group International
Jill Scott A Long Walk^ Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds vol 1 2000 Hidden Beach

WMW Playlist August 5 2018 – host Gina

Playlist Date host Show Name
8/5/2018 Gina Womyn Making Waves
Artist Song 15:00:00 Disk Released Label
Corrine Bailey Rae Put Your Records On Corrine Bailey Rae Special Edition 2007 EMI
India.Arie Strength, Courage and Wisdom Acoustic Soul 2001 Motown
Jeff Clayton feat. Mz Val Hallelujah I Just Love Him So Listen Through the Looking Glass 2018 Claytonomics Music
Dori Rubbicco Two Kites Stage Door Live 2018 Whaling City Sound
Dusty Springfield The Windmills of Your Mind Dusty Springfield Ultimate Collection 2001 Universal Music Enterprises
Cyndi Lauper/Heart Maybe I’m Amazed WomenRock 2001 Sony Music
Lilly Hiatt Royal Blue Royal Blue 2015 Normaltown Records
Erin O’Dowd Forgiveness Old Town 2018 Horton Records
Goodnight Moonshine We Need You I’m the Only One Who’ll Tell You, You’re Bad 2018 Self Released
Nancy Cassidy Heal My Heart River’s Rising 2018 Twitter Twatter
Rachael Sage No One Is to Blame Myopia 2018 MPress
Ellen Starski Chasin’ The Sun The Days When Peonies Prayed for Ants 2018 Flying Machine Records
Barbara Dane Mother Earth Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs 2018 Smithsonian Folkways
Anna Egge Dance Around the Room With Me Girls, Girls, Girls 2018 Storysound Records
Eva G. Kane Ain’t I Clever Ain’t I Clever 2005 Silverware
Indigo Girls Mystery Live with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra 2018 Rounder/Indigo Girls
Chaka Khan Ain’t Nobody Epiphany:The Best of Chaka Khan 1996 Reprise Records
Venessa Collier Bless Your Heart Honey Up 2018 Self Released
Shemekia Copeland Americans America’s Child 2018 Alligator
Kara Grainger Nobody But You Living With Your Ghost 2018 Station House Records
Dana Fuchs Ring of Fire Love Lives On 2018 Get Along Records
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps I Know I Ain’t Been So Perfect Here In Babylon 2018 Jesi-Lu Records
Project Mama Earth Waterfall Project Mama Earth 2017 Mascot / Provogue
Florence + The Machine You’ve Got the Love Lungs 2009 New West
Janet Jackson Rhythym Nation Rhythm Nation 1814 1989 A&M