Our Fave Female Rock Legends
Celebrate International Women’s Day with us as we take take a look at some of the most influential female rockers throughout history.
While rock n roll may be synonymous with artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stone or even Elvis, women played a huge part in the genres success and the shaping of the industry. As early as the 1960’s the world had female artists fronting rock bands and after this we started to see all female bands garner much success and by the 1980s and had female rock stars on the same level as the men. In honour of International Women’s Day, were paying homage to some of these influential women. Take a look at our top three below.
While her career may have been a short one, she made a lasting impression. She was an inspiration to many female musicians including Alicia Keys, Joan Jett and Pink to name a few. Joplin was born in Texas in 1943 where she struggled to fit in with her peers, who were often cruel. After being voted ugliest male on campus, she left he University of Texas to pursue a career in music. In 1967 she decided to skip out on her own wedding to join the band Big Brother and The Holding Company. Joplin was sadly one of the first members to join the infamous ’27 club’, dying from a drug overdose at the age of 27.
Joan Jett was given her first guitar at the age of 13. She was often discouraged by her teacher who told her; girls don’t play rock n roll. Despite this, Jett grew to become one of the most famous female rockers of all time. Jett was part of The runaways, one of the first revolutionary all female rock bands. She later went on to front her own band, The Blackhearts who released the hit song ‘I Love Rock n Roll’, which went to #1 on the Billboard charts in 1982.
Stevie Nicks met Lindsey Buckingham during her senior year at High School. She got her big break after he invited her to sing lead vocals in his band Fritz. They both then joined the band Fleetwood Mac in 1975. Her work both as a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist has sold over 140 million records, making her one of the best selling music acts of all time.
We salute these women and the many others who paved the way for female success in the music industry.