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Playlist: Women's History Month: Music Specials

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

Music for March and beyond.

Also check out our Women's History Month Editors' Picks under 49:00 and Hour Specials.

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Hour Specials

Women Who've Rocked Us

From Garrett Stack | Part of the American Jukebox ® series | 01:25:23

Powerhouse women have given us some of the finest rock 'n' roll. Lookin' at the '60s, '70s and '80s.

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Women Who've Rocked Us

The sound of powerful female voices is thrilling. And there have been many in rock and soul history. By no means exhaustive in scope, this edition samples many of those voices from the '60s, '70s and '80s. This program was originally broadcast during a winter fund-raiser over the stations of WMNR-FM. It has been edited to delete all references to the public radio fund-raising event.

There are several tracks from Linda Ronstadt and Carly Simon as they were a thank you premium as part of the fund-raising program.

Rockin' women include Shirley Alston Reeves (Shirelles), Martha Reeves (& Vandellas), Judy Craig (Chiffons), Darlene Love, Ronnie Bennett-Spector (Ronettes), Lesley Gore, Gladys Horton (Marvelettes), Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane), Cass Elliot (Mamas & Papas), Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Melanie, Gladys Knight, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner, Carole King

Rock Baby, Rock!

WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts

From The Kitchen Sisters | Part of the Lost & Found Sound series | 58:40

The story of the first all-girl radio station in the nation

Wher1_small WHER, the first all-girl radio station in the nation, went on the air in Memphis on October 29, 1955. It was the brainchild of sound legend Sam Phillips, who created the groundbreaking format with money he raised from selling Elvis Presley's Sun Studios contract.
 
Women almost exclusively ran WHER. On the air they read the news, interviewed local celebrities, and spun popular records. Behind the scenes they sold and created commercials, produced and directed programming and sat at the station's control boards. 

Liza Minnelli

From South Carolina Public Radio | Part of the Song Travels with Michael Feinstein News Friendly Version series | 53:00

Born into Hollywood royalty, Liza Minnelli has made her own name on the stage and screen. Her role in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret made her an international sensation and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Recently she has made inroads into TV’s Arrested Development and recorded with alternative rockers My Chemical Romance. Minnelli joins dear friend Feinstein for an enlightening discussion of her life and rare insight into her approach to song.

Songtravelslogo_small Song Travels is a one-hour series distributed by NPR and hosted by the renowned "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," Michael Feinstein. As host and artistic director, Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime.  For Feinstein, American music is really a travelogue, with art that exists only because it has traveled through artists' lives, generations, and passions:

"In this series, we talk about songs, How important they are in our lives, how they've changed our lives and how sometimes they make life worth living."
-Michael Feinstein

Feinstein welcomes a new guest each week to explore the genre of American Popular Song, examining how these great songs have evolved through the years, changing with each interpretation and artist.

Each program features an even mix of ½ insightful conversation to ½ in-studio or recorded musical performances of  guests and Feinstein.

Bette Midler

From South Carolina Public Radio | Part of the Song Travels with Michael Feinstein News Friendly Version series | 53:00

Singer, actress, and comedian Bette Midler is Feinstein’s guest for an hour of pure radio fun. Midler unpacks stories and favorite tunes from her record collection –from Louis Jordan to vintage Hawaiian music to Destiny’s Child. Feinstein presents her with “I’ll Be There,” a song written for Midler by the legendary songwriting team Marilyn and Alan Bergman.

Songtravelslogo_small Song Travels is a one-hour series distributed by NPR and hosted by the renowned "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," Michael Feinstein. As host and artistic director, Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime.  For Feinstein, American music is really a travelogue, with art that exists only because it has traveled through artists' lives, generations, and passions: 

"In this series, we talk about songs, How important they are in our lives, how they've changed our lives and how sometimes they make life worth living." 
-Michael Feinstein 

Feinstein welcomes a new guest each week to explore the genre of American Popular Song, examining how these great songs have evolved through the years, changing with each interpretation and artist.

Each program features an even mix of ½ insightful conversation to ½ in-studio or recorded musical performances of  guests and Feinstein.

Shelby Lynne

From South Carolina Public Radio | Part of the Song Travels with Michael Feinstein News Friendly Version series | 53:00

Singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne has carved her own path as a respected independent artist. After years in Nashville she relocated to California, where the Grammy-winning artist continues to earn high praise with each new album. Lynne performs her own tunes and teams up with host Feinstein on “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You.”

Songtravelslogo_small Song Travels is a one-hour series distributed by NPR and hosted by the renowned "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," Michael Feinstein. As host and artistic director, Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime.  For Feinstein, American music is really a travelogue, with art that exists only because it has traveled through artists' lives, generations, and passions: 

"In this series, we talk about songs, How important they are in our lives, how they've changed our lives and how sometimes they make life worth living." 
-Michael Feinstein 

Feinstein welcomes a new guest each week to explore the genre of American Popular Song, examining how these great songs have evolved through the years, changing with each interpretation and artist.

Each program features an even mix of ½ insightful conversation to ½ in-studio or recorded musical performances of  guests and Feinstein.

"Mother Tongue: Monologues from The Middle Passage to Today's Justice Movement"

From Dred-Scott Keyes | 58:04

The Mother Tongue Monologues present Black women telling it like it is, with all its' truths, brazen acts, shouts and silent revolutions, from slavery to civil rights, from welfare rights to Hip Hop Wars.

Mother_tongue_monologues_web_small The Mother Tongue Monologues present Black women as concrete cultural beings...living, loving, suffering, rejoicing, working, struggling and achieving in the context of a definite cultural community. The monologues focus on the lives they live and make for themselves within families, communities and the historical narrativethat make their lives and your lives, meaningful. Black women telling it like it is, with all its' truths, brazen acts, shouts and silent revolutions, from slavery to civil rights, from welfare rights to Hip Hop Wars.


Shorter Music-Focused Pieces

Kathleen Hanna: from Bikini Kill to Le Tigre

From David Schulman | Part of the Musicians in their own words series | 04:40

Original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna remembers the DIY feminist punk scene she catalyzed in 1992 with Bikini Kill. (The band's first EP was re-released Nov 20, 2012, in 20th-anniversay vinyl). And she talks about how her musical energy takes new form in her current, much poppier band, Le Tigre.

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