Category: women in rock

Joni Mitchell, with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunde…

Joni Mitchell, with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, 1975, by Ken Regan. Gotta love those bathroom acoustics!

Stevie Nicks at home, 1981, my edit of origina…

Stevie Nicks at home, 1981, my edit of original via nostalgiapuff on Instagram, and posted here with her kind permission



Joan Jett, 1976

by Brad Elterman

Stevie in red

Stevie in red

2018 Spotify Wrap

I got tagged by @wholelottaplant, whose impressive wrap of her 2018 Spotify adventures are posted here. I’m very happy to share my results too!

Minutes listening to Spotify: 17,633 minutes, or 12 days, 5 hours, 33 minutes. Less than a tenth of wholelottaplant’s! But I can’t listen to music while I work or read, both of which I do a lot.

First song listened to in 2018: Nocturnal Koreans, by Wire

Okay, here’s the thing. I blog about classic rock, and I know an insane amount about it, I love it – but it’s not that much of what I listen to on a daily basis. I spend most of every year listening to what’s new that year. I just happen to have started this process in 1963, so I picked up a lot of classic rock along the way. LOL

Wire was my most listened-to artist of 2017, spilling over into the beginning of this year, and while their career does indeed stretch back over 40 years, my most listened-to album of 2017 came out in 2017, Wire’s Silver/Lead

And my most listened-to album of 2016 came out in 2016 (Underworld, Barbara Barbara We Face A Shining Future),  my most listened-to album of 2015 came out in 2015 (Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin), and so on. 

Which should tell you some of what you’re in for. Yeah, my two favorite bands are The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, in that order, but after that, it’s Wire and Underworld right behind. 

Most Listened-To Artist of 2018: Crowded House. 

Ha! A curve already. The thing is, I fucking hated Fleetwood Mac’s previous guitarist. Since 1977, I’ve refused to listen to any of the band’s songs where I could hear his voice, and I have so little regard for him that that’s all I’m going to say about it.

Entirely apart from that, it happens that my favorite guitarist after George Harrison is Neil Finn (yep, Jimi and Jimmy at 3 and 4), whom I first encountered in the late 70s with the Split Enz, and truly fell in love with when he founded Crowded House in 1986. I also adore his voice and his writing, and he’s put on some of the best shows I’ve ever seen – and managed to do so in 4 consecutive decades for me, a slick trick. 

My wife and I met in 1982, were married in 1985, and although we’d both known Neil in Split Enz, and had a massive shared history of mutual faves across the classic rock era, through punk, into New Wave and beyond, Crowded House was the first “new” band we fell in love with after we married, so Neil has been part of our lives in a special way for a very long time.

So the happy news of him joining Fleetwood Mac alongside another guitarist I’m very fond of, Mike Campbell, late of The Heartbreakers, led me to create a Spotify playlist covering 40years of Neil’s career, still pumping out fresh tunes.

Neil Finn: Finn/Tastic, Neil/Tastic

I assume that many of you don’t know him (not nearly enough people do), so here’s a weird little video for a truly lovely song from his first solo album in 1998, “She Will Have Her Way.”

Most Listened-to Song of 2018: “Hunger”, by Florence + The Machines.
Holy shit, I’m INSANE for this. I’ve been on this earth for many a year, and this is kicking my ass like only a few songs have in my entire life.

It starts with “At 17, I started to starve myself”, and ramps up the intensity from there. Few artists have ever played for keeps like Florence Welch, and she leaves it allll out there on this.

Top Artists of 2018/Top Songs of 2018 
I combined these two questions from @wholelottaplant​ to tell the whole story. Yeah, Crowded House was my top artist, and I’ve listened to a lot of Queen the last few weeks, and I’ve listened to at least one track or another from The Beatles every day since 1964….but like I said, if you want to really know me, you need to know what’s happening in music today

Here’s a link to my Top 100 Songs of 2018

As a preview, let me show you my 2018 Top 20:

  1. Florence + The Machine, Hunger
  2. CHVRCHES, Deliverance
  3. Locate S,1, Owe It 2 the Girls
  4. Janelle Monáe, Make Me Feel
  5. Goat Girl, Cracker Drool
  6. Starcrawler, Love’s Gone Again
  7. Speedy Ortiz, I’m Blessed
  8. Smerz, Have fun
  9. Belly, Shiny One
  10. Cherry Glazerr, Juicy Socks
  11. The Breeders, Wait in the Car
  12. Our Girl, Our Girl
  13. Liza Anne, I Love You, But I Need Another Year
  14. Shannon and The Clams, Onion
  15. Chaka Khan, Like Sugar
  16. Speedy Ortiz, Lucky 88 (The only artist to appear twice in my Top 20! From my most listened-to album of the year.)
  17. Screaming Females, Agnes Martin
  18. illuminati hotties, Patience
  19. The Orielles, Let Your Dog Tooth Grow
  20. Robyn, Missing U

From my favorite album of 2018:

And from my favorite hard rock album of the year…well, one of ‘em anyway. 2018 has been a FANTASTIC year for hard rock!!!!

That’s as many videos as tumblr will let me put in a single post, so I hope you got to my playlist and check this stuff out. It’s really, really good.

I’m going to tease you with an even longer post I’m working on, observing that, of all my years on this dusty wet rock, 2018 gets my vote for best EVER year for new music, and every single artist in my Top 50 is a woman or woman-led band. Details to follow!

The fact is that you’ve got to get to #37 in my Spotify Top 100 Songs to get to a song sung by a dude (”Weather With You” by Crowded House), and down to #44 before you get to a song in the mainstream of Classic Rock (”Goin’ To California” by Led Zeppelin.) 

So I ain’t kiddin’. I love classic rock. I still think that 1971 is Classic Rock’s Classic Year. But my god, there’s so much to hear! 

Okay, enough for now. I’m having an absolute blast listening to music these days, and Spotify is a huge part of the reason why. If you’ve got a few extra shekels a month, Premium is TOTALLY worth it – higher than CD quality (enable in Settings), no commercials, download tracks when you don’t want to stream, etc etc.

More important, if you’re on Spotify, LET ME KNOW. Either DM me here, or DM me there. Let’s be mutuals! I’ve got hundreds of playlists to share (don’t worry – plenty are classic rock!) and I’d love to see what you’re listening to.

And if you’re on Spotify, consider yourself officially tagged by me! Share! How many minutes? Top artists? Top songs? We want to know!

And thanks again to @wholelottaplant for inviting me along on her ride!

John Lennon & Yoko 1971, Polaroid by Andy …

John Lennon & Yoko 1971, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, my edit.

Linda Ronstadt, by Steve Joester

Linda Ronstadt, by Steve Joester



Women in music + cats

From Paul McCartney’s official Instagram, cele…

From Paul McCartney’s official Instagram, celebrating the re-release of Wings’ 1971 debut Wild Life

crystallineknowledge: Stevie Nicks, 1979


Stevie Nicks, 1979