ERIC Number: ED307172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul-8
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Women's Music in the United States.
Lont, Cynthia M.
The purpose of this presentation was to: (1) describe the history of women's music in the United States; (2) define women's music; (3) report on the status of the large women's recording companies; and (4) focus on a recent controversy in the women's music industry involving the desire for political purity versus the need for economic security. The formation of women's music in the United States resulted from a rise in political awareness of women in the lesbian-feminist subculture, the limited number of roles offered women in mainstream music activities, and growth of the number of lesbians, who sought artistic affirmation of their lifestyle. This document defines women's music as an art form that is composed by, for, and about women, as well as economically controlled by women. The two major women's music labels, Olivia Records and Redwood Records, have existed for 12 years and were created and sustained by a few performers' popularity. Olivia Records, which began as a political organization, is currently not as politically motivated and has a commercial orientation. Redwood Records has resisted commercialization, has a political orientation, and resists mainstream recording pressures through an emphasis on unique organizational structures, sound, and audiences. As a result, this recording company has become both politically and economically successful. (JHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Historical Materials
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Identifiers - Location: United States