Although Women Who Rock: Vision Passion, Power opened at the EMP Museum in Seattle this summer, I didn't visit the exhibit until this week. Along with a small group of journalists, I had access to the exhibit while attending a 2014 Toyota Corolla press preview event at EMP on Monday night. It's very cool. Organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, it illustrates the importance women have played in rock music, from its early beginnings through today. The traveling exhibit highlights the flash points, the firsts, the best, the celebrated and sometimes lesser-known women who moved rock and roll music forward.
Women Who Rock focuses on more than 70 artists and includes artifacts, videos and listening stations. It moves through the rock and roll eras from the early 20th century to present (I accidentally went through it backwards, so enter from the left). Among the notable artifacts are Lady Gaga's piano, Madonna's bustier she wore during her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, Wanda Jackson's acoustic guitar, a dress worn by Cass Elliott of the Mamas and the Papas and more. Somehow I missed Lady Gaga's meat dress, so be on the lookout! Here are five of my favorites in the exhibit, which ends September 22. It then moves on to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona where it will be on display October 19, 2013 to April 20, 2014.
To celebrate the final day of Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, the EMP Museum presents School of Rock: Women Who Rock on Sunday, September 22 at 2 PM. Hear students take on songs by Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac, Pixies, Heart, The Cranberries and more. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Or receive free access to the concert with EMP Museum admission. School of Rock was founded in 1998 as a single school in Philadelphia. Since that time, it has grown to an international franchise, operating in 69 schools in the US and Mexico.