Y esterday was World's Women's day and "Rock On" once again celebrates and explores the works of some of the finest women Rock music artistes of our times. The 60s saw the flower power generation produce some of the finest music that man was fortunate to hear. The women artistes of those days brought a certain magic to the vibe that surrounded all of us and thankfully today we have the recorded music that can take us back to the thrill of that magic era.
One of the leading vocal groups of those
'hippie' days was the
Another woman who truly epitomized the
"out of the box" thinking that pervaded those glorious days was
Bonnie Raitt, one of the most critically admired yet commercially ignored white
R&B singers in the history of popular music. Bonnie Raitt achieved the
success and respect she had so obviously deserved only with her tenth album,
almost 20 years after her recording debut. Here was a lady so captivated by the
blues that she began learning guitar at the age of 12. Her passion for blues
guitar saw her achieve proficiency in bottleneck guitar, an ability almost
unique in a white female. She began playing on the
For a lowly back up singer to finally end up as a million-seller Grammy winner is indeed a 'Cinderella story come true' for any musician worth his/her salt. Sheryl Crow is the name of this fortunate person. Sheryl finally saw her dreams realized after years of slaving behind the scenes with some of the finest acts in Rock history like Eric Clapton, Don Henley, Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart. For the best part of the '80s and early '90s, Crow worked in the less than glamorous side of the business. Her patience was finally rewarded with the release of "Tuesday Night Music Club". This saw the emergence of "All I Wanna Do" as a major seller all over the world. Sheryl did not take her success lightly as she toured relentlessly as an opening act for Bob Dylan amongst others. She also did as many festivals as she could, along with television appearances. She recognized the power of the video in music promotion and her first album saw the release of as many as four videos. She became standard fare on MTV and VH1 as she graced the drawing rooms of millions of homes all over the world. Today Sheryl Crow is considered one of the strongest women superstars in the contemporary music scene. She releases albums at regular intervals and her carefully crafted video image has ensured continued success to this plucky and lucky musician.
There have been countless women who have
rocked my world over the last so many years. In fact, the latest issue of 'Q'
magazine carries a list of 100 top women rockers and even they have missed
quite a few of my favorites! Considering the incredible talent that one sees
emerging every year from all over the world, I am sure there are many more who
are just waiting in the wings to find their place in the sun. Wouldn't it be
just great if some of them were from