My favorite all time music genre is rock, generally speaking. I’ve always been a very energetic person and never found something so powerful as to balance such state but rock. Could have been heavy metal or techno, but you know already about certain bands and albums which marked my path forever. Also feelings and emotions evoked, are related to my choice, of course.
Times are changing and there are more girls passionate about rock, which is great, but back in the day, I still got memories of attending gigs in which 80 and even 90% audience were male. Something funny was when those bands with an attractive member playing, and all of a sudden you started noticing too many chicks around.
This never happened in UK though, or at least I never had that feeling. Rock is more extended in Anglo-Saxon countries.
Being a groupie is a tough question. Everybody tends to identify the groupie as the girl looking for some dick, and truth is the rule applies in many cases. In this sense, I’ve never considered myself as such, but I admit it, I particularly enjoy some small talk with bands and even some party time if possible.
I’m not a pro-feminism defendant and to be honest, on a daily basis I just don’t feel undervalued nor despised for being a woman (I feel like a girl, but that’s another thing), but it’s true the rock scene has always male focused. Sure I don’t take it wrong, generally speaking, guys rock the most, no discussion, however what has always caused me some distress is the fact that sometimes being a rockin’ girl wrongly means being a hoe or a tomboy. I’d be more balanced to the second option, yet I don’t really agree on that. On the other hand, people don’t take you serious unless you prove your knowledge.
Fortunately those years are gone, don’t feel the need to ensure my love for music anymore, this is an inner feature of myself, natural and settled for long time. No need of a rock ID, if you know what I mean. I positive know what I like and what I know, and the more I know, the more I must keep on discovering and learning. Music is endless fun and magic and the best way to express and transmit feelings I think.
Regarding female contribution to rock and music in general is generous and remarkable, and it’s also noticeable, this position is growing firm and more constant.
From Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, to Neko Case or PJ Harvey, Debbie Harry or Lucinda Williams, among many others, the longtime label stating that women don’t rock should be erased once and for all, don’t you think?