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Rock and Roll Women get tribute in Cleveland Museum


Janis Joplin

Summary of story from, 4.2.11

Women who rock will get their musical due this spring with a new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the US.

The Cleveland museum’s exhibit, “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” will showcase a century of women in music, spotlighting more than 60 artists ranging from Billie Holiday to Brenda Lee, Janis Joplin to Patti Smith, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, ’20s cabaret singers to ’90s Lilith Fair headliners.

The two-floor interactive exhibit will take visitors through a century of women musicians, beginning with turn-of-the-century blues singers and ending in the modern age.

It focuses on a number of genres and the ways female artists explored, fought for and celebrated the social movements of their times, from women’s suffrage to defining feminism. There will be plenty of artifacts, written histories, listening stations, videos and more.

The opening of the exhibit will be celebrated with a concert featuring Wanda Jackson, Cyndi Lauper and more artists to be named.

The exhibit makes no claims of being comprehensive; rather, it offers a wide and diverse look at key female performers who created and expanded women’s roles over the last hundred-odd years of popular music.

“There is no one linear argument to be made about what or who women were or are — it changes all the time,” Lauren Onkey, the museum’s vice president of education and public programs, told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s a big story to grapple with and it’s not just one story.”

The exhibit opens May 13 and runs through to February of next year.

How fantastic: would love to see this.

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