When Rock Chicks Ruled

Sally Boazman explores the rise of women singer/songwriters in the 60s. It was a time of huge change politically from Civil Rights to the Peace Movement, society was transforming too and rapidly. The music scene was also in transition, with the emergence of talented female performers like Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Carole King, Judy Collins and Laura Nyro who used their own lives and experiences as a starting point for making memorable and moving music. They spoke to women, in particular, in a way that had never happened before. Witty, articulate and truthful, these artists pioneered and normalized a distinctly feminized voice in pop. Brave and honest, they tackled taboo topics ranging from inter-racial romance to sex outside marriage, laying a template for future performers to continue to write and sing about the reality of their worlds.