Karen Carpenter (The Carpenters) - Drum Solo (1976 first Carpenters TV special)
At one point in time, the "Lead Sister" of 70s pop group The Carpenters was the most famous female drummer in the world. "Best known for her hauntingly beautiful singing voice, she always considered herself a 'drummer who sang'"
Karen first became fascinated with the drums after joining the high school marching band to get out of gym class. She persuaded the band director to let her switch from glockenspiel to the drums, despite warnings that "girls don't play drums." Carpenter recalled, "That is such an overused line, but I started anyway. I picked up a pair of sticks, and it was the most natural-feeling thing I've ever done." She learned the drums surprisingly quickly.Her first drum teacher was a boy in the drumline obsessed with Buddy Rich. Later, she studied with Bill Douglass, a drummer for Benny Goodman and Art Tatum. At the age of 16, she drummed jazz instrumentals with her pianist brother in the Richard Carpenter Trio, winners of the 1966 Hollywood Bowl Battle of the Bands. Earlier the same year, Karen had scored a solo record contract, but the label folded after releasing only one of her singles. In 1968, the Richard Carpenter Trio also won on "Your All-American College Show," this time with Karen singing as well as drumming. In 1969, the Carpenters released their first album, and thanks to 1970's "Close to You," they became superstars. In the early years, Karen stayed behind the drums and sang at the same time, but was pressured to give up her beloved drums to sing front and center, at least on the ballads. Her skills were complimented by drummers Hal Blaine, Cubby O'Brien, Modern Drummer magazine, and even Buddy Rich himself. via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H47v7yYRfjA
Becky Lee and Drunkfoot - The Tracks
"Just like the late Jessie Mae Hemphill, Becky Lee ( Becky Lee Walters) is a renegade and Lonely She-Wolf in the world of men dominated Blues Rock’n’Roll. She is one of the world's few female one (wo)man bands plays guitar, kick drum, snare w/a foot pedal and floor tom with her strum hand with such co-ordination you could swear it was a 4 piece band. Born and grown up in the hot desert of Arizona, Becky Lee has been touring America and Europe with her Drunkfoot constantly since 2008 and has shared stages with the likes of Reverend Beat-man, Jay Reatard, The Oblivians, Black Diamond Heavies, Sophie Hunger & Evelinn Trouble (they had a trio), Delaney Davidson, as well as Kitty Daisy & Lewis" via http://www.voodoorhythm.com/BECKY_LEE_AND_DRUNKFOOT.html
Maureen (Moe) Tucker and Half Japanese - Eye of the Hurricane (Toronto, Canada - May 2, 1989)
This clip features Maureen (Moe) Tucker (drummer for The Velvet Underground) on drums with Jad Fair & Half Japanese whom she toured with, supporting her," Life In Exile After Abdication" LP release of the same year.Filmed by The Shangs with Maureen's blessing....
Tucker's style of playing is unconventional. She played standing up rather than seated (for easier access to the bass drum), using a simplified drum kit of tom toms, a snare drum and an upturned bass drum , playing with mallets rather than drumsticks. She rarely used cymbals; she claimed that since she felt the purpose of a drummer was simply to "keep time", cymbals were unnecessary for this purpose and drowned out the other instruments. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_TuckerRusty Coathanger (The Coathangers) - Sicker (9/19/11)Recorded and Mixed by Corey Barnes at Lovebird Recording. Filmed and Edited by Doug Fellegy. CHECK OUT THE COATHANGERS IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU :) http://suicidesqueezerecords.tumblr.com/artists/thecoathangers
Jessie Mae Hemphill & Lucius Smith - Interview on drumming & Sid Hemphill (Mississippi, 1978)
Blues/Rock legends Jessie Mae Hemphill and Lucius Smith discuss drums, drumming, and Sid Hemphill, who was Jessie Mae's grandfather and Lucius' long-time musical partner. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Smith's home in Sardis, Mississippi, August 28, 1978. For more videos from the American Patchwork fieldwork and information about Alan Lomax and his collections, visit:http://research.culturalequity.org. [02.12.13 3-13]
Carla Azar (Autolux) - Turnstyle Blues
Merill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) - Gangsta live for Studio 360.
Recorded in WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space on May 23, 2011. For more on Merrill's performance visit: http://www.studio360.org/2011/jun/03/...
Sandy West (The Runaways & The Sandy West Band)- Rare rehersal live 1981 cassete rec.
via artist Paul Kingsley Hone's youtube page:
"This is a very old cassette I found with Sandy auditioning players for her band,This was recorded on a cassette recorder(with built in Mike)so it is not the best Quality, but you can hear most of the music and words, Plus it is SANDY WEST at her best."
Thanks Paul Hone for this treasure. R.I.P Sandy West- you paved the way for many drummers and female artists and you are missed.
Shelby Lynne O'Neal (The Black Belles)- Ms. Black Boots (Live in Cleveland, 2012)
Shelby Lynne O'Neal (Shelby O'Neal) is "the unqiuely wonderful dark beauty driving the heavy beats behinf the kit of garage-rock outfit, The Black Belles via (http://tomtommag.com/2012/05/the-black-belle-shelby-lynne/) The Black Belles (of Third Man Records) are a band shrouded in mystery (and some controversy) - but give this song a listen and get bewitched! Having recently toured with garage band The Cosmonauts, Shelby O'Neal is a true-blue rockstar/badass of badasses who you should definetly keep an eye on.
Rosa Rex (Peggy Sue) - Watchmen (PUNKCAST1609-09 live at Bruar Falls, Brooklyn, on June 18 2009)
Peggy Sue (formerly known as Peggy Sue and the Pirates and Peggy Sue and the Pictures) are an indie pop/indie folk band from Brighton. Peggy Sue have toured with a number of well-known indie artists including Kate Nash, Mumford and Sons, The Maccabees and Jack White. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Sue_(band)
Shelby Lynne O'Neill (of The Black Belles) - Ms. Black Boots (live in Cleveland 2012)
Shelby Lynne O'Neill (Shelby Lynne) is "the unqiuely wonderful dark beauty driving the heavy beats behinf the kit of garage-rock outfit, The Black Belles via (http://tomtommag.com/2012/05/the-black-belle-shelby-lynne/
) The Black Belles (of Third Man Records) are a band shrouded in mystery (and some controversy) - but give this song a listen and get bewitched! Having recently toured with garage band The Cosmonauts, Shelby Lynne is a true-blue rockstar/badass of badasses who you should definetly keep an eye on.
Carla Azar of Autolux and Jack White's all-female group The Peacocks is a drumming force to be reckoned with like none other. Her style is complex yet looks effortless. Go Carla! p.s check this video of her drumming with Jack White...seriously. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCyCluXHjFw
Meg White (The White Stripes)- "Screwdriver" & "Passive Manipulation" (Live @Glastonbury,'05)
It is crucial to put TWS in this playlist. Let's talk about Meg. Meg White (Jack took her name btw) is a tremendous musician, personality and role model for fe/male artists everywhere. The masses who have criticized her over the years for her "amateur" drumming clearly miss the point of what her style/TWS/Blues and Garage music are all about. Meg is intentionally simple and raw in order to let the purity of the blues/garage genres shine in TWS music (think Miles Davis/Claude Debussy: "Music is the space between the notes"). TWS are big fans of the De Stijl art movement, and apply the minimalist design theory to their music "breaking things down into their basic components." Jack has often stated that Meg's primal drumming is what allowed him to really understand the blues, and is the source of all that is TWS. Meg has commented that her simple approach is "my strength. A lot of drummers would feel weird about being that simplistic." In this clip, watch the amazing syncronicity between this duo, and listen to the message of female empowerment in Meg's song "Passive Manipulation." Feel free to figure out what it means to you on your own, or sit with some friends and discuss the content and what it might mean within the sense of feminism and the powerful but undervalued role women have in music.
Kim Deal (of The Breeders) - The She
The Breeders are all over Network Awesome's Women In Rock Week! In this clip, Kim sings and plays drums. What can she not
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