Friday, August 27, 2010

Links & Bits for 8/27/10

Rockin' out for the girls (Feministing)
"The Camp’s mission is actually focused on empowering girls to rock out, but they do two camps for adult women every year as a fundraiser for scholarships for the little rockers. After a week of disappointing work stuff, I jumped on board last minute to take my place as the lead singer of Pretty Little Heads–a do-wop meets punk band."

Meet Lady Gaga's Male Alter Ego, Jo Calderone (Autostraddle)
"On July 1st photos of “Joe Calderone” began circulating the internet. Everyone noticed right away that this man looks a lot like Lady Gaga. By that we mean, it IS Lady Gaga. Joe Calderone is the male alter-ego of Lady Gaga."

"I let bipolar disorder colour my early songs" (The Guardian)
"Kristin Hersh believes acupuncture saved her life. It finally granted the singer relief from the bipolar disorder that had tormented her since the age of 14. Over the years, conventional medication, such as lithium, had helped her just about manage a condition whose most extreme side-effects – total exhaustion, suicidal tendencies – were life-threatening. "It could be very violent," she says when we meet in north London. She admits to being wary of the knock-on effects of the chemicals when pregnant, plus it made her hands shake, which is not helpful when you play guitar."

On disliking Katy Perry and Ke$ha (Feminist Music Geek)
"During our workshops for Girls Rock Camp this summer, Kristen at Act Your Age and I noticed two pop stars who consistently showed up when we asked our girls to name the female artists they liked: Katy Perry and Ke$ha. I dislike both artists’ music, which some astute mash-up artists note shares producer credits to the point of becoming compositionally interchangeable."

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