New Year’s Feminist Music Extravaganza–A Tour of Feminist History Through Music
Every movement worth its salt has produced music that expresses its consciousness and aspirations. The modern feminist movement is no exception.
Joy of Resistance proudly presents a tour of the second wave of feminism through a sampling of the music it engendered. The eclectic mix presented includes pop, folk, punk, calypso, rhythm and blues–as well as groups and artists who defy easy classification, such as Sweet Honey in the Rock, The New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band, Nina Simone and Jolie Rickman. It’s a toe-tapping tour, by turns serious and humorous. First presented on New Year’s Day, 2009, the program is co-hosted by Fran Luck and Maretta Short, who will act as musical tour guides.
Rutha Harris and the SNCC Freedom Singers “We Shall Not Be Moved”–music from the Civil Rights Movement, which inspired the beginnings of the Women’s Liberation Movement
Early 60’s “proto-feminist” hits: Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” (1963); Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (1967);
Early Radical Feminist music: The New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band’s “Abortion Song” (1972), written when abortion was still illegal in the U.S
Sandy Rapp‘s raging folk ballad “Remember Rose” (c 1989), about Rosie Jimenez, the first woman to die of an illegal abortion after the Hyde Amendment cut off Medicaid Funding for abortions
Dore Previn’s hilarious sendup of patriarchal religion: “Did Jesus Have a Baby Sister?” (1974);
Jolie Rickman‘s rock’n’roll parody on looks-ism: “Suffer to be Beautiful” (2000)
Rebel Voices’ “Daycare” (2003): Clever new lyrics to the Calypso tune Day-O–from a working mother’s perspective
Queen Latifah‘s classic rap song “U.N.I.T.Y.” (1993) takes on street harassment and violence against women
“FYR” (Fifty Years of Ridicule) (2003) by Le Tigre; blistering grrrrllllpunk spits out the truth about the state of women
Nina Simone: Kurt Weill’s “Pirate Jenny” (1964); terrifying revenge fantasy of the downtrodden woman
“Sound-Bite from Beijing” (The Women are Rising) (1998); Sweet Honey in the Rock’s visionary paean to rising of women, inspired by the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference