Recap of Episode 4 of Women Who Rock: The New Millenium Sees Ladies Take Center Stage And Take Contol

Recap of Episode 4 of Women Who Rock: The New Millenium Sees Ladies Take Center Stage And Take Conto ...

Women Who Rock has charted the difficult road of female musicians in a music industry rife with sexism and misogyny. While women were there at the beginning of both recorded popular music and rock n roll, they have often been pushed to the margins or restricted by outdated masculine ideals of the feminine ideal. The fourth episode, titled Success, was released on Epix Sunday.

Jessica Hopper, series creator, has been at the forefront of educating musicians about women's roles. She has written two books, The Girls Guide to Rocking (2009) and The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (2015).

Although women were now able to compose the music they wanted and are seeing commercial success comparable to men, the music business still offered only limited opportunities on radio and on stage. It now seems ridiculous to think otherwise. The Lilith Fair was founded by singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan and ran from 1997 to 1999.

A new generation of musicians reclaimed soul and R&B from the high standards of 1980s record makers near the turn of the century, including Macy Gray, who made her 1999 album On How Life a multi-platinum success. She adds, "Thats not what A&R guys look for."

This leads to a discussion of motherhood, a situation that female musicians have always faced with the demands of personal appearances. This absence is particularly distressing and produces a field of conflicting emotions for mothers, which spend the better part of a year carrying their children inside them. Like many of the topics discussed in the series, it merits a deeper examination and would make an engaging documentary on its own.

The Internet and portable recording software would allow people to have both production and promotion at their fingertips. These are just a few examples of the new generation of musicians: Syd, A.K.A., Syd tha Kyd, is a singer, songwriter, and producer who learned how to record on GarageBand and shared her songs on MySpace.

Beyonce and Taylor Swift have made the comeback in the past decade, owing to their unique ability and conviction to alter musical and artistic styles. At the same time, young artists like Billie Eilish are limited by their imaginations. As Pat Benatar puts it, the fact that she was never aware that she could do it is the only reason for her.

Women Who Rock is a collection of essays that will please anyone who loves music. If I have any reservations, it's about who was and was not included, although that's a matter of personal taste and not historical omissions. Hopefully, the first of many series will explore women's musical stories in depth.

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