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Female Singer-Songwriters of the 1990s
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
Simon, grrrl, Friend, Vain, organic, feminist, Hill, Pink, Morissette, female, independence, experiences, Indigo, guitar, Jagged, control, you, Amos, unsuccessful, Babe, classic, King, Both, acoustic
1990s important for              singer-songwriters
develops in the 1960s
Paul McCartney
Elton John
about your                       
the singers are talking directly to       
the instruments shouldn't get in the way
usually an                  guitar or piano
there's an                element to the communication
in the 1970s
"You've got a             "
Joni Mitchell
         Sides Now
Carly Simon
You're so         
Kate Bush
Running Up That         
Tracy Chapman
Fast Car
Madonna and Janet Jackson established a model for women who were in                of their own musical careers and all the dimensions of it
came together at the end of the 1980s
women writing songs about issues that are important to women, or perhaps that it interests mostly other women
gains a kind of                          from other performers
Tori          (1963-)
trained as a classical pianist
heads out to LA
had an                          album, "Why Tori can't read"
1991 Little Earthquakes
1994 Under the         
1996 Boys for Pele
the interesting thing about Tori Amos' music is how much of the                training you can hear in what is going on in the music, of course, there are people who are interested in other elements of what she is doing as well, but there's a lot to listen for in Tori Amos' music depending on your interests
The              Girls
Atlanta, Georgia
Amy Ray
rock oriented
Emily Saliers
folk oriented
more              oriented that Tori Amos
1989 Closer to Fine
1994 Swamp Ophelia
Sara McLachlan
Nova Scotia, Canada
1993 Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
1997 surfacing
Building a Mystery
1997-1999 Lilith Fair Festival
about women singer-song-writers
1996 Pieces of You
You Were Meant for Me
Who Will Save Your Soul
1995              Little Pill
for years, one of the top selling albums in the 1990s
"You Oughta Know"
"You Learn"
"Head Over Feet"
Indie Female Singer Song-Writers
Liz Phair
Girly Sound
1993 Exile in Guyville
1994 Whip Smart
Ani DiFranco
New York, New York
creating her music on her own label called Righteous         
1995 Not a Pretty Girl
1998 Little Plastic Castle
importance of                  issues
Riot            movement
1996 Call the Doctor
1997 Dig Me Out
Bikini Kill
Rebel Girl

Ideas and Concepts:

Angelic voice from the 70s, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class: "Female singer-songwriters are always about sincerity, they share their experiences, they're talking directly to you, instruments get in the way as little as possible, usually simply an acoustic guitar or piano, there's an organic element to the communication. - Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now, 1970."
Why had I never heard of Tori Amos before? Via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class:

"Toward the end of the 1980s, women singer-song-writers began writing songs about issues that may not have been important only to women, but perhaps interested mostly other women, and this genre gained a kind of independence from other performers.

One of the most prominent singers of this era was Toni Amos who broached a broad range of topics, including sexuality, feminism, politics, and religion. The interesting thing about Tori Amos' music is how much of the classical piano training you can hear in what is going on in the music. Of course, there are people who are interested in other elements of what she is doing as well, but there's a lot to listen for in Tori Amos' music depending on your interests:

So I ran faster, But you caught me here, Yes my loyalties turned, Like my ankle, In the seventh grade, Running after Billy, Running after the rain, These precious things, Let them bleed, Let them wash away, These precious things let them break, Their hold over me, , He said you're, really an ugly girl, But I like the way you play, And I died, But I thanked him, Can you believe that, Sick, sick, holding on to his picture, Dressing up every, day, I wanna smash the faces of those beautiful boys, Those Christian boys, So you can make me come, That doesn't make you Jesus, I remember, Yes in my, peach party dress, No one dared, No one cared, To tell me where the pretty girls are, Those demigods, With their nine-inch nails, And little fascist panties, Tucked inside the heart, Of ever nice girl, These precious things, Let them bleed, Let them wash away, These precious things, Let them break, Let them wash, away."
Unique mash-up video of the day, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class:

"Riot grrrl was an underground feminist punk movement that began in the early 1990s in Washington state, as a subcultural movement that combined feminist consciousness and punk style and politics. It has also been described as a musical genre that came out of indie rock, with the punk scene serving as an inspiration for a musical movement in which women expressed themselves full-throttle in the same way men had been doing for the past several years.

One of the main bands of the Riot grrrl movement was Bikini Kill, known for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore-influenced.

"Kathleen Hanna was just screaming at the top of her lungs, veins sticking out of her neck. It was the first time I'd seen a woman on stage completely angry and aggressive. Somebody had to be Bikini Kill. It had to happen, or else we would have all starved to death culturally. It had to happen, and there they were."

This video is a hilarious coupling of Bikini Kill's song Rebel Girl with a horrible Asian political propaganda film. A great song, a driving beat and so much better than the saccharin pop from the divas featured in People magazine."
1970s: Hippie Aesthetic, Corporate Rock, Disco, and Punk
British Blues-Based Bands and the Roots of Heavy Metal
American Blues Rock and Southern Rock
The Era of Progressive Rock
Jazz Rock in the 70s
Theatrical Rock: KISS, Bowie, and Alice Cooper
American Singer-Songwriters of the 70s
British and Canadian Singer-Songwriters
Country Rock's Influence on 1970s Music
Black Pop in the 1970s
Sly Stone and His Influence on Black Pop, Funk, and Psychedelic Soul
Motown in the 1970s
Philadelphia Sound and Soul Train
Blaxploitation Soundtracks
The Uniqueness of James Brown
Bob Marley and the Rise of Reggae
The Backlash Against Disco
1975-1980: The Rise of the Mega-Αlbum
Continuity Bands in the 1970s
Rock and Roll in the Second Half of the 1970s
U.S. Punk 1967-1975
1974-77: Punk in the UK
American New Wave 1977-80
British New Wave 1977-80
The Hippie Aesthetic: 1966-1980
The Rise of MTV
Michael Jackson: MTV's Unexpected Boon
Madonna as Disruptive Shock Artist
Prince and Janet Jackson
Other Groups Who Benefited from MTV
1980s New Traditionalists and New Wave
1980s New Acts, Old Styles and Blue-Eyed Soul
1970s Progressive Rock Adapts to the 80s
1980's Heavy Metal
1980s Heavy Metal and L.A. Hair Bands
1980s Ambitious Heavy Metal
The Beginning of Rap
1980s: Rap Crosses Over to Mainstream
Late 1980s Hard Core Rap
Punk Goes Hardcore
Late 80s Indie Rock Underground
1990s: The Rise of Alternative Rock
1990s Indie Rock and the Question of Selling Out
1990s Metal and Alternative Extensions
Hip-Hop in the 1990s
Classic Rock of the 1990s
1990s Jam Bands and Britpop
Female Singer-Songwriters of the 1990s
The Rise of Teen Idols in the 1990s
1990s Dance Music