....Too bad its not in NYC area!! I love how literal this is. For the past several years I've been looking at old beauty salons in the hopes of turning one into a guitar shop and moving my teaching studio in the back. It would be a place run by women. Girls and women need a place to try out pedals and instruments where they can feel comfortable. This would be perfect!! Too bad its over the pond. Any leads, please send my way!
We played our first show last Saturday night, December 11th, at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, Nyc. The show was being filmed for a documentary about Kathleen. Look for it soon!
Each band/and or performer took on KH song to cover, and truly, they were ALL great. Of course I was kinda jittery since it was our first show (aren't first shows supposed to be for 13 drunk friends in a stupid bar?), and I was nervous because I've become super obsessive and picky about my amp sound and pedals. There was also a camera following Kathleen everywhere, inches from her face, so when I went to ask her if my panty lines were showing or if I had shoveled on so much makeup I looked like Christopher Walken (KH's joke...hehe), I couldn't. And well, thankfully...insecure babble doesn't help anything. Here's some pics that include everyone in the band - KH on vocals, Kenny, Carmine, Kathi :-)
I was mostly impressed and half in love with the MC's. There is something about comedians when they're good....I think its a ying/yang thing - its something that terrifies me more than anything (stand up) so I am drawn to others who have it. Anyway.......
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Hannah Hoch (1889-1978), the 2nd woman in my "ten illustrations of women" series, was a German Dada artist, best known for her photomontage work, and being the only female among the Berlin Dadaists in the 1920's. Women and racial discrimination were often themes among her works, as well as political and social messages. The Dadaists were a self labeled anti-art movement which aimed at breaking the bourgeois painting convention typical at the time. She influenced further art styles including constructivism, surrealism, and futurism.
(Illustration by me....next drawing I'll challenge myself with more clothing depicted, my weakness)
As a challenge to learn more about women in history, and in the process work on my illustration skills, I've decided to put up on my blog 10 women in history I've heard of but no very little about over the course of the rest of 2010. There will be a small explanation of what the particular woman has done, and a sketch by me that I'll spend only 1/2hour or so on. My drawing skills are extremely rusty. I look forward to this challenge and plan to find diverse interesting women in history in the process!
(drawing by me taken from her mugshots)
Emma Goldman was born in 1869 in Russia. She emigrated to the U.S. at age 17 and became a writer, revolutionary, and leading figure in the anarchist movement. She was imprisoned several times for inciting riots, distributing birth control literature, and for being associated with anarchists in a plot to kill President McKinley (she was released on the last one for lack of evidence). She believed drastic and sometimes violent actions were necessary, although distasteful, for the sake of revolution. She was vociferous in her campaign to advocate freedom of expression, equality and independence for women, education, union organization, and worker's rights.
Here is 8th grader and long time guitar student Webb playing a Chet Atkins song (!) and a Gene Vincent song "Race with the Devil". She is all lead guitar and I am backing her up on acoustic guitar (rhythm) for the Gene Vincent song. WAY TO GO WEBB. TO HEAR HER, CLICK AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE AUDIO RECORDER.
AND look at the floating bridge on her guitar! Yes, a butterfly AND a heart!! Where did they make those!?
Friends, fellow artists, and creative folk. The T-Shirt Design Contest for Julie Ruin is coming to an end! Hurry and enter something! Here's the details: make a t-shirt logo for Julie Ruin. Check out examples at http://kathleenhanna.wordpress.com and send it to:
Photo by my friend Josh Wertheimer in his photo series titled "Work." Very old spotlight used...
I also do some work at this place, and here's my pictures from the show (not titled "work" since taking photos of pedal boards is not my job description): (to see all the pedals boards, click on the side tab...Sonic Youth, Raveonettes, Melt Banana etc...)
My friend Matt and I send each other emails called "weekend updates" where we discuss what we did this week and what we've learned (everything from 'there's a conspiracy behind the ipod shuffle' to 'Six Point Sweet Action is not actually sweet"...etc...it gets more hilarious and intellectual than that, I swear.) This week has turned to Bass Appreciation Week, beginning with seeing Mike Watt play bass with Iggy Pop on Wednesday. I also learned this week that I am the only person who is not a huge Fleetwood Mac, nor Stevie fan (I know, I've lost all my friends now), but I can easily say that John McVie's BASS parts are TRULY my favorite part of those songs! Matt suggested trying the bassline in "Ramble On" and whoa...! Its not so easy... I'm excited about bass appreciation week.
Of course NUMBER 1 bassist is CAROL KAYE. She holds the record of the most recorded bassist, male or female, OF ALL TIME. She's on HUNDREDS of hit songs, in fact there's SO MANY I can't even list them all here or you'd get overwhelmed and just hit something in your menu bar quick to get the hell-outta here. Here's some:
The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Ritchie Valens, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Leon Russel, Sonny & Cher, Joe Cocker, Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles, Frank Zappa, Ike & Tina Turner, Johnny Mathis, Simon & Garfunkle, The Righteous Brothers, Herb Alpert, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Monkees, Bill Withers, The Crystals, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Frank Black (!!), Quincy Jones.
TV show bass lines include: Hawaii Five-O, Mission Impossible, Kojak, Love Boat, Peyton Place, ,The Adams Family, Bonanza, Wonder Woman.
And a Dusty Springfield video...just for THAT AMAZING BASS LINE...by Tommy Cogbill (Elvis, Aretha, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Diamond...etc). Listen to how unbelievable the guitar, vocals, and bass play off each other....! (sorry, I'm a teacher, can't help myself.)
"Ronnie & the Redcaps", Ronnie James Dio's first band in 1958!! Just goes to show you can change into whoever you want to be, anytime in your life. RIP... singer of Elf and Black Sabbath, yeah.... a notable career.
I've watched this clip so many times over the past years and I never get tired of it! Two of my favorite guitarists "duel" it out and Mary Ford outshines the master. I've used her strong image on my guitar lesson flyers and website since I started teaching 8 years ago.
This movie was a fun, dark ride and the excitement was contagious. Friends of mine that know Joan Jett and Kim Fowley said their depictions were SPOT ON. One friend said he fell over laughing at how accurate Michael Shannon's portrayal of Fowley was. Hmmm.... (I did think he came off as a SAINT in this compared to what was said about him in "Edgeplay, a Documentary about the Runaways.") The soundtrack was excellent (clips of "Fujiyama Mama" by Wanda Jackson, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by the Stooges during a haunting erotic scene, and of course Runaway's music, and my now favorite Joan Jett song "I Want You"...). GLAM ROCK teen bands?? HELL YES, bring them on! I hope this inspires AND sends a message of precaution at the same time. My other prediction, for what its worth, is that Dakota aka Cherie Currie will singlehandedly be bringing the feathered hair look BACK.
I'm a guitarist, teacher, musician, & drummer. I play guitar in THE JULIE RUIN. I'm an art history major and actively support the arts. I worked at CBGB's in NYC for 10 long years. This blog is about guitar, girls in rock, drums, art history, illustration, women in history, students, and pedal boards.