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In November 2005, ROCKRGRL Magazine went to magazine heaven. But "GRL Talk" - the Best of ROCKRGRL quote book can live on forever.

The final issue of ROCKRGRL, #57 - Fall 2005
The final issue of ROCKRGRL, #57 - Fall 2005

If you miss ROCKRGRL, you'll love "GRL Talk!"

When the award-winning ROCKRGRL Magazine went on permanent hiatus at the end of 2005, it left a void in the publishing world for women who play music. Now we need YOUR help to give ROCKRGRL the proper closure it never got ...

"GRL Talk: 231 Memorable Moments from ROCKRGRL Magazine," a limited edition perfect-bound book, will fill that void. "GRL Talk" is an inspiring collection of ROCKRGRL's timeless "AHA!!" moments. Each quote is one sentence long and placed in one of five categories: 

  • Sound Advice
  • Surviving the Biz
  • Inspiration
  • Musicianship
  • GRL Talk

"GRL Talk" will be designed to look like a CD to fit in a purse or a guitar case. It's a shot of espresso for your music career -  a "pick me up" when you need some extra encouragement. It's a BFF in a book!

The text is ready to go - I just need to raise the funds for the expensive part: design layout, cover image, printing, advertising, publicity and shipping.

Sorry the graphics aren't snazzier - that's one of the things I need your help to pay for. 

So I'm asking you - friends of ROCKRGRL and the artists who have supported us - and the ones we've so lovingly nurtured over the years - to please, please, please support this effort. Only with your help will this permanent version of ROCKRGRL see the light of day. The hard copy edition is slated for release in December 2012. 

EVERY DAY someone asks if there's any way I can start up the magazine again. Although I can't do that, I can offer this, a book to commemorate, honor and inspire the ROCKRGRLs of yesterday, today and tomorrow. And after seven years on the back burner, it's now or never!

The foreword has been written by Gillian G. Gaar, frequent ROCKRGRL contributor and author of the iconic 1992 book "She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll." 

Another thing you should know - I am planning the First Annual Music and Film Conference as part of my new organization, MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women) for fall of 2013 in Austin, TX (just like the ROCKRGRL Music Conferences of 2000 and 2005 in Seattle) and 20% of the net profits from "GRL Talk" will go towards subsidizing the conference start-up costs. So not only will your donation fund the book, but some amazing future conferences as well. If you pledge at the top tier, the $2,500 level, you will get VIP passes to the first three conferences and all other MEOW events in between!

Quoted Artists - A Whole Bunch!

Tori Amos, Paula Cole, Exene Cervenka, Ann Wilson, Mary Lou Lord, Amy Ray, Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, Cris Williamson, Liz Phair, Aimee Mann, Judy Collins, Bonnie Hayes, Suzzy Roche, Heather Nova, Cinder Block, Ani Difranco, Chrissie Hynde, Inger Lorre, Paris Hampton, Lucia Cifarelli, Jean Smith, Carrie Akre, Joan Jett, Grog Prebble, Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega, Lisa Loeb, Allison Robertson, Princess Superstar, Maria McKee, Terri Clark, Bibi McGill, Jen Sbragia, Samantha Maloney, Judy Cocuzza, Martha Gonzalez, Beth Ditto, Wynne Greenwood, Martha Davis, Sini Anderson, Mindy Smith, Melissa Ferrick, Kristin Hersh, Feist, Michelle Shocked, Rickie Lee Jones, Allison Wolfe, Amanda Barret, Emiliana Torrini, Kendra Smith, Jill Sobule, Skin, Genya Ravan, Sally Timms, Tegan Quin, Penelope Houston, Donna Dresch, Julie Ritter, Jenny Toomey, Kathleen Hanna, Lauren Wood, Elaine Summers, Jane Siberry, Gina Black, Martina Axen, Tracy Bonham, Rosie Flores, Michelle Malone, Juliana Hatfield, Kate Schellenbach, Joan Osborne, Laura Veirs, Cristina Scabbia, Sharon Jones, Louise Goffen, Kaia Wilson, Janis Ian, Melissa Etheridge, Thalia Zedek, Kiki Moorse, Dominique Durand, Tina Schlieske, Regina Spektor, Angela McCluskey, Beth Orton, Wanda Jackson, Nina Gordon, Jody Bleyle, Caroline Aiken, Sue Ennis, Laura Love, Cordell Jackson, Billie Myers, Trish Murphy, Johnette Napolitano, Mary Gauthier, Iris Dement, Britta Phillips, Terri Nunn, Princess Superstar, Brody Dalle, Jennifer Turner, Vicci Martinez, Butterfly Boucher, Laura Ann Masura, Angie Heaton, Judith Owen, Rachael Yamagata, Nanci Griffith, Janet Robin, Victoria Williams, Suzi Quatro, Cyndi Lauper, Carol Kaye, Courtney Love, Eleni Mandell, Poe, Kim Shattuck, Tori Castellano, Jennifer Batten, Jennie Asplund, Rachel Z, Nicole Blackman, Kim Baxter, Otep, Kathy Foster, Gazelle Amber Valentine, Holly Palmer, Laurie Sargent, Marlee MacLeod, Rachel Trachtenberg, June Millington, Kim Urhahn, Mirah, Ronnie Spector, Jill Cunniff, Yoko Ono, Amanda Rootes, Jane Wiedlin, Dionne Farris, Gretchen Seager, Moe Tucker, Neko Case, Lesley Rankine, Sally Norvell, Danielle Dax, Lori Barbero, Kori Gardner, Caithlin De Marras, Jenni Black, Sprout, Kristen Henderson, Lana On, Alana Davis, Jan Tilley - and for $200 or more, you!

About the Video

I know you are supposed to do a folksy, down home video with a lot of begging in a Kickstarter campaign. But "GRL Talk" is about the artists. Their brilliance shines and speaks for itself, so I'm taking a slightly unorthodox approach, riffing on those cheesy commercials from K-Tel, NOW and Time-Life. Hope you found it refreshing and pledge-inducing. If you liked it, please share it as much as possible!! Let's go viral!!

How Kickstarter Works

Kickstarter is an awesome way to fund creative products but here's the fine print: if you don't successfully raise the entire amount you need by the deadline, it's over. The campaign is ONLY funded if you raise the whole amount you need - which you can't lower once it's rolling. You do get to keep anything you raise above your goal number. Also, Kickstarter and the IRS take a cut off the top. So it's a risky "all or nothing" deal. That's why it's SO IMPORTANT to contribute right away (like we infer in the video!). It's a horse race to the finish line!!

The ROCKRGRL Story

ROCKRGRL Magazine (1995­- 2005) – was a highly influential independent but much beloved publication for women who play music. Many artists interviewed very early in their careers went on to enjoy mainstream success (Tegan and Sara, Sleater­-Kinney, Vicci Martinez, Kittie, The Donnas). 

Please click on the link below to view an 8-minute video documentary created by The Seattle Channel after the ROCKRGRL Music Conference in November 2005. This will offer much more detail about the magazine's evolution, influence and unfortunate demise:

                 ROCKRGRL - Behind the Music!

The ROCKRGRL archive was acquired in 2008 by the prestigious Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University as part of their collection on American Women's History. 


More About Me

ROCKRGRL founder Carla DeSantis Black, is often called "The Gloria Steinem of Rock" for her mission of leveling the playing field for women in music. She is now living in Austin, Texas and has created a new organization, MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women), which is, essentially, ROCKRGRL Version 2.0. 

The MEOWgazine web site is updated seven days a week with up-to-the-minute information and news for and about female musicians. 

Carla is also a certified life coach working primarily with female musicians. 

Thank you for supporting the "GRL Talk" Kickstarter Campaign!!

This video would not be possible without the help and infinite patience of Camille North Clark, and the fabulous, fast-talking Steve Swersky

Rock on and pledge now!
Carla

FAQ

  • No - it's text only. The reason for that decision is that ROCKRGRL was a level playing field for artists at all career levels. The superstars and the new artists all had great stories to tell and were given equal weight. I didn't want to change that dynamic in the GRL Talk book by creating a career hierarchy.

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  • Many of the articles in ROCKRGRL were about certain projects or albums people were doing that require updates or new explanations. Rather than doing a "where are they now" book I decided to take just one-sentence moments from stories that were timeless. So even if you aren't quoted in the book, I still love you and appreciate your support.

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