I was going to forward the link to chanson, because every so often I hear interviews or book reviews I think she might be interested in. (No doubt she looks at them and thinks "Man, another link from aerin??"
Why let chanson have all the fun? Why not send the npr links and interviews to all the cranberry blog readers?
The excerpts (on the webpage) miss some of the interesting parts of the interview. Jackie DeShannon is being inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. She toured with the Beatles and wrote some hits like "Bette Davis Eyes".
What I perked up at was when Jackie spoke about being a female songwriter in the early 60s. It sounds like it was pretty difficult at the time. In the studio, women were (rarely) allowed to be arrangers, or to have the final say on the work.
She also performed her songs on some of the early 60s showcase tv shows. And instead of being able to hold and play her guitar, she was expected to lip sync and dance. (Some of the videos are on youtube).
The music industry has changed, thankfully, over the past few decades. Some good changes, some not so worthwhile changes. But clearly barriers surronding what women could and could not do have changed. And women now have greater creative control over their own work. Women can be taken seriously as singers/performers - and not be expected to be pop stars.
It was an interesting interview, and gave me lots to think about. How far we've come, and how far we have to go.