Update: Recording of Barnard Panel Talk on Women in Rock and Metal

I meant to share this back in June, but of course so many things were happening. I was conferencing like a fiend, researching, and finalizing my new job status! On top of that, Vish and I were visiting pre-schools for Ella. Afterwards, summer hit, and all I could think about was fiscal close procedures at work and how to plan for Ella’s birthday.

So with all of that finally behind me, I’ve now have a tiny bit of relief in my schedule and am trying to get back on the horse with blog posting. Some of you might remember that back in May I co-moderated and organized a panel at Barnard College about women in the rock and metal music scene here in NY. It was panel born out of my thesis research. And although I posted about the wonderful shout-out we got from the online magazine, The Tempest, I wanted to share the recording that my husband did of the event.

So without further ado – here’s Part 1 and 2 of Women in Rock and Metal Music.

Panel speakers were: (from left to right) Charlotte Price (co-moderator), Joan Jocson-Singh (me!!), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom Magazine), Laina Dawes, (music journalist), Justina Villanueva (photographer), and Cristy Road (artist, musician & zinester)
Disclaimer –  In Part 1 you can hear a bit of my daughter’s babble, but it’s only for about a minute and half.

It gets better. Enjoy!

Part 1


Part 2

Biting the Bullet with Female Hasidic Rock

Over at Metal Injection, an interesting post was made about the band Bulletproof Stockings. They’re a two piece band from Brooklyn, made up of Dalia Shusterman (vocals/drums), and Perl Wolfe ( vocals/piano). Their uniqueness comes from playing to only female audiences as they consider themselves to be a female Hasidic rock band. Say what?

Their shows are female-only! –NO MALES allowed.–


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Though I mostly post articles pertaining to my research interests with women in  Metal,  I thought it would be fascinating to see what spurred these two to form a band. They follow all the teachings of Orthodox Judaism, while, as they say “rocking out“. I respect their sound but as a metal-head, rocking out might have a different meaning to me but that’s neither here nor there. Their sound will resonate with a more jazzy lounge type listener, think Adele or Norah Jones fans. See below:

While I find this a progressive movement for women in any organized religion and practice, I wondered about several things. As I am no way versed in the practices of any religion, let alone Judaism, I wondered about their form of music-what is and isn’t allowed for women in their community. Is this women circumventing prescribed rules of behavior and/or re-appropriating behavior that males in the community are more easily allowed to display? I remember a couple years back hearing about the splash that Matisyahu incurred with his interpretation of faith and music. Is there any kind of backlash among their community?

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I ponder these kinds of questions because it would be interesting to see if anything like this would ever occur within the Extreme Metal Music (EMM) community here in NY. Is it possible that women would feel a need to write lyrics that negate the misogyny and violence often depicted within the lyrical content of the genre or does it take away from the music to omit that kind of content. And what about the shows? Would an all female EMM band turn away males from the doors? In a genre as small and acquired in its taste as Extreme Metal, could women afford to shut men out, the majority of their audience–probably not.