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Jamie Anderson Author Appearance: An Army of Lovers
October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join author Jamie Anderson this Women’s Week for a reading of her new book An Army of Lovers: Women’s Music of the ‘70s and ‘80s on Thursday, October 17 at 6:00 pm in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room. Jamie will also perform songs from her new album The Truth Appears and hold a Q&A session. Admission is free and open to all.
A month before the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Maxine Feldman penned the song “Angry Atthis” about the shame surrounding lesbians. Four years later, Alix Dobkin released “Lavender Jane Loves Women,” the first record produced, engineered, and played by women. A myriad of musicians joined them from acappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, to singer-songwriter Cris Williamson, to activist/singer Holly Near, to jazz/gospel musician Mary Watkins and many more. Venues, radio shows, record distributors, media, labels, and sounds technicians sprung up to host and work with these performers. Fans traveled miles to attend performances. These women set out to create something different than what was present in mainstream music. They created artist-run independent record labels and organized music festivals that drew thousands. Before Lilith Fair and riot grrrls, there was women’s music!
Jamie Anderson is a prolific writer published in many journals, on her popular blog site, and in several books including her memoir Drive All Night. A long time fan of women’s music, her work has appeared in Curve, SingOut!, AfterEllen.com, Acoustic Guitar, and more. She is also a touring songwriter who has played at hundreds of venues and has released 11 albums.