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Charis welcomes Katherine Yeske Taylor in conversation with Brittany Baro, Executive Director of Y'all Rock Camp ATL for a celebration of She's a Badass: Women in Rock Shaping Feminism. In She's a Badass, music journalist Katherine Yeske Taylor interviews twenty significant women in rock, devoting an entire chapter to each one, taking an in-depth look at the incredible talent, determination--and, often, humor--they needed to succeed in their careers (and life). This event is co-sponsored by Y'all Rock Camp ATL. Y’all Rock Camp ATL is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an empowering and supportive community for trans and nonbinary youth and cis girls through music education, creative expression, and performance.
Feminism has always been a complex and controversial topic, as female rock musicians know especially well. When they've stayed true to their own vision, these artists have alternately been adored as role models or denounced as bad influences. Either way, they're asked to cope with certain pressures that their male counterparts haven't faced. With each successive feminism movement since the 1960s, women in rock have been prominent proponents of progress as they've increasingly taken control of their own music, message, and image. This, in its way, is just as revolutionary as any protest demonstration.
Interviewees range from legendary artists through notable up-and-comers, including Ann Wilson (Heart), Gina Schock (The Go-Go's), Suzanne Vega, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Orianthi, Amanda Palmer, and more. Their experiences reveal the varied and unique challenges these women have faced, how they overcame them, and what they think still needs to be done to continue making progress on the equality front. Their stories prove that promoting feminism--either through activism or by living example--is undeniably badass.
The women interviewed for the 20 chapters are: Suzi Quatro, Ann Wilson (Heart), Exene Cervenka (X), Gina Schock (the Go-Go's), Lydia Lunch, Suzanne Vega, Cherie Currie (the Runaways), Joan Osborne, Donita Sparks (L7), Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, the Breeders, Belly), Paula Cole, Tobi Vail (Bikini Kill), Laura Veirs, Catherine Popper, Amanda Palmer, Bonnie Bloomgarden (Death Valley Girls), Orianthi, Fefe Dobson, and Sade Sanchez (L.A. Witch).
Katherine Yeske Taylor is a longtime New Yorker, but she began her music journalism career in Atlanta in the 1990s, interviewing members of Georgia bands such as Indigo Girls, R.E.M. and the Black Crowes while she was still a teenager. Since then, she has conducted thousands of interviews with a wide range of artists for dozens of national, regional, and local magazines and newspapers, including Billboard, Spin, American Songwriter, FLOOD, etc. She is the author of She’s a Badass: Women in Rock Shaping Feminism (out January 16, 2024 via Backbeat Books), and she's currently helping Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hütz write his memoir, Rock the Hützpah: Undestructible Ukrainian in the Free World (set for publication in early 2025 via Matt Holt Books/BenBella). She contributed chapters to the prestigious music books Rolling Stone’s Alt-Rock-A-Rama and The Trouser Press Guide to ’90s Rock. She has also written album liner notes and artist bios (PR materials) for several major musical artists.
Brittany Baro(she/her) is the Executive Director of Y’all Rock Camp ATL (formerly known as Girls Rock Camp ATL). Y’all Rock Camp AT is an organization dedicated to creating an empowering and supportive community for trans and nonbinary youth and cis girls through music education, creative expression, and performance. Their goal is for girls and gender expansive youth to take up space and express themselves in any and every way they see fit!
This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage
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Feminism has always been a complex and controversial topic, as female rock musicians know especially well. When they've stayed true to their own vision, these artists have alternately been adored as role models or denounced as bad influences. Either way, they're asked to cope with certain pressures that their male counterparts haven't faced.