Category: women in rock

Cherie Currie of The Runaways (right), with he…

Cherie Currie of The Runaways (right), with her twin sister Marie and Vicki Razorblade, 1977, by Brad Elterman (who was in high school with Vicki). “I think of this photo in my dreams and it reminds me of my youth. We were all from the San Fernando Valley. Some of us escaped and others never left.” 

(Check Vicki’s Bowie belt buckle!)

Joni Mitchell, Blue, the original cover photo …

Joni Mitchell, Blue, the original cover photo by Tim Considine. Released June 22, 1971.

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I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this photo, which came from the photographer’s own website, with the caption, “The album cover for Blue – the way it should have been.” Questions include the date, since Joni looks younger here, and indeed, while Blue is from 1971, this photo is from 1968, taken at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Other questions include whether the microphone missing from the version featured on the album cover was removed by Tim because he thought it looked better, or added by the label, and whether this was originally a color or black and white photo. When asked about all this a couple of years ago, Tim replied,

It was indeed a black & white photograph originally, shot with an experimental instrument film rated at the then unheard of ASA (ISO) of 6000. And, yes, it had the microphone in it. The truth is, I hated the way it was rendered on the cover, an artistic decision by the art director, who processed it as a daguerreotype, thereby, in my opinion, heightening the contrast enough to remove all the softness and subtlety of the original image. So I made my own versions, both with and without mike for prints that are sold to collectors around the world. The version on this site is without the mike, but one with the mike included is requested just as often.

So there you go. An amazing photo for an amazing album, with thanks to Tim Considine for clearing up the story of its origins!

Debbie Harry backstage, New York 1977, by Wari…

Debbie Harry backstage, New York 1977, by Waring Abbott. Not that she needed a t-shirt to tell us she was punk. 

(Kidding! That’s a t-shirt for New York’s Punk magazine, where she was regularly featured – only 15 issues in 1977-78, but insanely influential for culture, politics, and beyond.)

Joni Mitchell barefoot in overalls!

Joni Mitchell barefoot in overalls!

thisaintnomuddclub:Debbie Harry attends a Chri…

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Debbie Harry attends a Chris Stein photo exhibition in New York, 1982. She holds a “Debbie in Different Moods” doll. Photo by Allan Tannenbaum

“Easy to change heads”

Linda Ronstadt, 1971, with her then-backup gui…

Linda Ronstadt, 1971, with her then-backup guitarist Glenn Frey, from The History of The Eagles

Later in 1971, Frey and the rest Linda’s backup band (Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner) left to form the Eagles.

Janis Joplin at The Fillmore, San Francisco, 1…

Janis Joplin at The Fillmore, San Francisco, 1968, by Paul Fusco. ‘Photographing Janis Joplin in concert was so intense that it stayed with me. I felt connected to her. Her voice shocks the listener with its power – and I try to shock my audience into feeling what I do when I take a photo’

Linda Ronstadt IN BRACES arrives at Tucson Int…

Linda Ronstadt IN BRACES arrives at Tucson International Airport for a benefit at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, September 16, 1976, by Gary Gaynor.

(And yes, Linda got braces when she was 30, which is about when her “teenage” acne started clearing up. Yeah, “it gets better”, but it might take a long damn time. Go easy on yourself in the meantime, friends.)

Linda Ronstadt: bangs and earring game on poin…

Linda Ronstadt: bangs and earring game on point, by Henry Diltz 

Ann & Nancy Wilson, Heart: blue eyeshadow …

Ann & Nancy Wilson, Heart: blue eyeshadow playing for keeps