All-Female Bands of the 1970s — Happy Women’s History Month!

I wrote a post on all-female bands from the 1910s-1950s, and a post covering all-female bands of the 1960s — here’s my attempt at a conclusive A-Z (and other alphabets) of all-female bands of the 1970s. Details are often sketchy or non-existent and as always corrections and contributions are appreciated! DIE ÄTZTUSSIS Die Ätztussis were an anarcho-punk … Continue reading All-Female Bands of the 1970s — Happy Women’s History Month!

All-Female Bands of the 1960s – Happy Women’s History Month!

In the first half of the 20th Century, there were many popular all-female musical acts. In the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s there were vocal groups like The Andrews Sisters, The Boswell Sisters, and The McGuire Sisters. In the early rock/soul era, the so-called “girl groups” such as The Shirelles, The Teen Queens, The Paris Sisters, … Continue reading All-Female Bands of the 1960s – Happy Women’s History Month!

Marking the end of an Eight Year Venture, or, My Final Post

The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog This is my last dispatch for the Amoeblog.   I started blogging for Amoeblog on 26 July 2007. In that time I created a few series for the Amoeblog: One Album Wonders (profiles of bands which only released one album), Brightwell’s Top 10 (my favorite tracks from the … Continue reading Marking the end of an Eight Year Venture, or, My Final Post

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Asian-American Musicians of Los Angeles

A comprehensive playlist of the music of Los Angeles would have to include film scores, cool jazz, surf bands, frat rock, folk-rock, Sunset Strip psychedelia, Chicano soul, country rock, hardcore punk, Paisley Underground, hair metal, gangsta rap, and G-funk. Lists of performers and bands associated with Los Angeles invariably include plenty rock groups, soul singers, and rappers — nearly all … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Asian-American Musicians of Los Angeles

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Boyle Heights

This neighborhood blog is about Boyle Heights. The area now known as Boyle Heights was originally inhabited by the Tongva, who lived there for centuries until their displacement by the Spaniards. When the area was still part of Mexico, it was known as Paredón Blanco. Prominent families in Paredón Blanco included the Lopez and Rubio … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Boyle Heights

The unsung heroines of Punk/Post-Punk/No Wave/New Wave

Since its beginning, rock music has been a male dominated affair. Women, such as Wanda Jackson, were not just anomalies but curiosities. By the ’60s there were plenty of girl groups, female soul singers and a few female-fronted rock bands, but the few actually female-dominated rock bands like Ace of Cups, Fanny, The Girls, Goldie … Continue reading The unsung heroines of Punk/Post-Punk/No Wave/New Wave