Summer 93 I was driving in my car
When a song came on called "Girls With Guitars"
So I put the pedal to the metal straight to my record store
Grabbed that Wynonna CD baby
And shot right out the door
Well I tore through the house, cranked it up loud
I could hardly wait to take that booklet out
To read the names of the players, imagine my surprise
When all those girls with guitars
Turned out to be a bunch of guys
Where are the girls with guitars. . .
In 2007, a little-known guitarist from a Los Angeles, California-based blues
band released a CD titled "Cures What Ails Ya" (1). Among the
songs was a tune called "Where Are the Girls with Guitars?" (2).
That guitarist-the tune's composer, Laurie Morvan-and her namesake
band, seemed to be making a statement (or voicing a lament) posed
by numerous female musicians for decades previous. Is, or was
there, a literal dearth of female guitarists in contemporary music?
If so, is it the result of discrimination, simple choice or other
issues? This Discovery Guide discusses the significance of this
concern, and introduces several female guitarists who are actively
advocating for change.
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