The Influence of Women in Rock Music


(Photo: Joan Jett & Cherrie Cure of The Runaways.)

Women in rock music, the never-ending ‘gender v genre’ debate. Over the years there have been many iconic females who have left their mark on the rock world, Courtney Love in the hard-rock band HoleJoan Jett and The BlackheartsCherrie Currie forcing The Runaways into instant stardom. Even so, the constant battle of whether a woman belongs in rock is on-going, is it really just a man’s place?

An ongoing argument, and rage amongst most feminists, is that a female is only appreciated in rock for the sex appeal; certain women have unknowingly supported this theory in their infamous actions both on, and off the stage. Courtney Love had a trademark move where she would apply an ‘x’ made from tape on to her breasts, then flash them at the crowd, obviously using her sex appeal to her advantage. Whereas, there have been the odd few women who have made as big an impact as a male in rock without the added obvious sex appeal effect. Gaye Advert from The Adverts is a huge example of this, Advert was named the “first female punk star” by ‘The Virgin Encyclopedia of 70s Music’.

Throughout many arguments through the history of females in rock, as to whether they deserve to have a spot there, despite it there are many iconic women whose standing influence on the genre can’t be doubted, they have completely impacted and changed the face of rock music, just as much as males have influenced it.

Rock music is still very much seen as a man’s world by many of it’s listeners around the world, it doesn’t change the fact that there are many women who have made massive impacts on the world surrounding rock.


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