My Favourite Female Rockers

The spark for this post came from a library book. I’m currently reading She Bop: The Definitive History Of Women In Popular Music by Lucy O’Brien.

I love music and rock music is my favourite genre. I would say 95% of the music I listen to is rock. I can find something in almost every genre to love – reggae, pop, rap, soul, country – and it is the same with rock. I don’t have many female rockers in my collection but that is probably because I haven’t explored this enough. With rock being such a broad genre, I will give anything a listen – made easier by the likes of YouTube and probably Spotify (note to self: download free version ASAP).

I have always loved Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Suzi Quatro and Cher. I thought they were feisty, smart, tough, fearless and badass – traits that I aspire to have. Even within country music, I admire women like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood.

I have recently started listening to Girlschool and the Runaways, and they sound brilliant. It is not just the music that draws me to these women; it is also their style, fashion sense and the way they carry themselves. They are confident and sassy.

This post is not to bash the several male artists and bands that regularly receive heavy rotation on my iPod but to give credit to the spunky females I adore.

Cher

Cher Sept 2010 – looking every inch the rock chick!

 

 

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro 1970s – sassy 🙂

debbie harry

Debbie Harry 1970s – Blondie’s femme fetale

joan jett

Joan Jett 1970s – love her style

chrissiehynde

Chrissie Hynde – oozing cool like a female Keith Richards

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What’s On My Stereo// Creedence Clearwater Revival

Time for another WOMS post. Creedence Clearwater Revival started in 1968 in California and consisted of John Fogerty (vocals/guitar), Tom Fogerty (rhythm guitar), Doug Clifford (drums) and Stu Cook (bass).

I love this band’s earthy sound and Fogerty’s raw, raucous voice. My favourite tracks on the stereo/iPod are as follows:

1 Proud Mary (from Bayou Country, 1969) Proud Mary

2 Have You Ever Seen The Rain (from Pendulum, 1970) Have You Ever Seen The Rain

3 Up Around The Bend (from Cosmo’s Factory, 1970)  Up Around The Bend

4 Sweet Hitch Hiker (from Mardi Gras, 1972) Sweet Hitch Hiker

What’s On My Stereo// AC/DC, Tom Petty

My first post of 2016 is hopefully one I will make into a regular feature. I love my music and particularly rock from the 1960s-1980s, though I will give all types and styles of music a listen.

So currently at home on my stereo (and iPod) are AC/DC and Tom Petty.

My most played tracks this week from AC/DC are:

Shake Your Foundations (from 1985’s Fly On The Wall) Shake Your Foundations

Anything Goes (from 2008’s Black Ice) Anything Goes

War Machine (also from 2008’s Black Ice) War Machine

My most played tracks from Tom Petty are:

The Waiting (from 1981’s Hard Promises) The Waiting

Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) (from 1979’s Damn The Torpedoes) Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid)

You Wreck Me [on iPod only] (from 1994’s Wildflowers) You Wreck Me

Honey Bee [on iPod only] (also from 1994’s Wildflowers) Honey Bee

Change Of Heart [on iPod only] (from 1982’s Long After Dark) Change Of Heart

So there you have it for this week – what’s on your stereos/iPods?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Hunt! #3

This time my selection of books is from Fingal library in Blanchardstown in Dublin:

fingal library books 18-Sept-2015

From top:

The Feel The Fear Guide To Lasting Love – Susan Jeffers

Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office – Lois P Frankel

Outcast Of Redwall – Brian Jacques

Waiting For The Sun – Barney Hoskyns

Angel Dust – Sarah Mussi

Divergent – Victoria Roth

The Art Of Happiness – The Dalai Lama

Vanishing Girls – Lauren Oliver

Emotional Intelligence – Gill Hasson

She-Bop: The Definitive History Of Women In Rock, Pop & Soul – Lucy O’Brien

The Art Of Baking Blind – Sarah Vaughan

Guns N Roses: The Band That Time Forgot – Paul Stenning

Keith Richards On Keith Richards: Interviews & Encounters – ed by Sean Egan

Once again I found a few that I had been looking for for quite a while!

Songs that make me think of summer #1

Okay, I’m gonna change tack slightly and I will start a series of posts entitled “Songs that make me think of summer.” For the inaugural post, my chosen song is Sweet Child O’ Mine by the classic line-up of Guns N Roses. Personally, I don’t take much notice of what a certain Axl Rose does these days….and it ain’t Guns N Roses from what I see….anyway, here we go!

For me, this says summer when I hear it, and also the album Appetite For Destruction was released in July 1987. Enjoy! \m/