|Kathy Valentine, Patty Schemel and Donita Sparks|
|Laura Vanderpool of Capping Day|
The Women Who Rock Exhibit comes to EMP via the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The image of Joan Jett greets you at the entrance. It is followed by a timeline of special achievements by women in history. Following that are artifacts from female singers and musicians of the 20th century. We are taken on a trip through time beginning with early blues singers. Of course, our favorite part began in the late-70's with the emergence of punk rock. And we appreciated the inclusion of Bikini Kill to represent the Riot Grrrl movement. However once again, we find disco queens and pop stars included under the moniker of Rock. Madonna and Lady Gaga are icons, but they do not rock. Where were the Go-Go's, Hole, L7, Bratmobile, Babes in Toyland, Sleater-Kinney, etc.? Even with those conspicuous absences, it is a very interesting exhibit. If you find yourself near Seattle Center, you should take a look.
|Kim Gordon's stage attire|