Thursday, May 12, 2011

Women -- Except the Go-Go's -- Who Rock!

Via BoyCulture: Here's a look at the big "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibition opening tomorrow at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. This is what caused such a brouhaha with the not-included Go-Go's -- Kathy Valentine says they were snubbed, while the museum says the band didn't respond to repeated requests to join in. The exhibition looks pretty fun -- despite getting the release year of Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual" wrong (it was 1983 -- when "Friday Night Videos" had just taken off -- not 1984) and spelling Blond Ambition incorrectly -- and includes items from all eras, from Wanda Jackson's guitar to one of Lady Gaga's getups. But it was Chrissie Hynde's (less-red-than-it-used-to-be leather jacket -- worn on the Pretenders' peerless debut -- Cher's "Half Breed" dress, and Michelle Phillips' cowboy boots -- worn on the Mamas and the Papas' No. 1 debut, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears" -- that jumped out at me first.

Well, those items and assistant curator Meredith Rutledge's Ohio accent, which could pass for Laurie Metcalf Illinois and deserves to be preserved in a museum of its own! Fave moments: her saying cAHstumes and iCAHNic!

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