I'm not a helpless little female
full of romantic nonsense ... but able to speak up of myself.
writing here about the awesome Fleetwood
Mac and in particular Stevie Nicks
while listening to new female rock singers Haim.
I was struck by Haim's strong edgy voices and the defiant words in their songs
and I thought about those female rock stars who have paved the way.
Rock singers sing to a rhythm and
rock beat, usually with a band that consists of drums, bass and guitars. They defy
convention with their look and songs and they don't feel they need to adhere to
expectations and the rules, but write their own agenda. They are not afraid of
their independence. They retain their femininity without having to totter in
high heels or strip to gain attention or to please our patriarchal society.
Rock singers songs often evoke strong emotions and they normally also play
instruments. Rock band Haim have an edge and are the new FRS.
I was surprised when I checked Wikipedia's
List of Female
Rock Singers - that they list several country, soul and singer songwriters who I'd
never consider rock! (such as soul singer Donna Summer and songwriter Carole
I am not making a huge list here,
but rather those FRS who stand out for me - two in particular.
is one of
my all time favourite female rock stars. I love her style and attitude and the
way her voice cracks yet remains strong and true. Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974 along with
her musical collaborator Lindsay Buckingham (also her lover at that time). The
'Buckingham Nicks' album, released 1973, was influenced by Cat Stevens and
Jimmy Page's acoustic guitar playing in Led Zepplin.
In Q this
month she says she was inspired by Janis Joplin's presence on stage even though
she was tiny and by the flamboyance yet humility of Jimi Hendrix.
those floaty surreal dresses and her top hat, a perfect look for her dancing
presence on stage. Along with Chrissie
Hyde, Nicks was one of the first mega female rock stars, who really knew how to
rock with the band, write songs and sing with an edge. Both were American. My
all time favourite Stevie song is "Angel" from Tusk - just has that
great edge and attitude! And also her
song "Rhiannon" (great live version on iTunes)
the sassiness and confidence of her look, her stance and voice and the way she
wore her fringe slightly too long! Chrissie performed mostly with the band The Pretenders.
loved her songs - in particular "Angel of the Morning", "Brass
in Pocket", "I'll Stand By You".
top American female rock stars include Janis
Joplin, Debbie Harry (Blondie), Pattie Smith.
There has also
been several world class Scottish female rock stars - Annie Lennox, Sharleen Spitera, Lulu, KT Tunstall.
female rock stars include Kate Bush, Alison
Moyet, PJ Harvey,
English pop singers I enjoyed a great deal - such as Dusty Springfield,
Cilla, Marianne Faithful.
Strong female actors who are top
role models - Sigourney Weaver (who played the first female lead character in
Alien who was actually able to fight back and not stand there screaming! ),
Angelina Jolie,(who normally plays strong lead roles in movies who are able to
stand up for themselves plus she takes control of her own media)
Stevie Nicks - Angel -