"Sophistafunk, aristocats Distinguished dogs, clean up your acts Pull up your pants, ladies and gents Please, act like you got some sense"* Don’t stop here if you’re looking for feel-good inspiration. Only one uplifting anthem to be heard today**. I’m not posting about being stronger and braver. Being confident, happy, outstanding fighters with full hearts... Continue Reading →
Monday Morning Music – Laura Marling
I have this idea - and feel free to steal it and run with it - for a column called Story and Song. Maybe it's already been done, probably so, I don't know. But it's where writers combine a book with a record and discuss / explain / celebrate the connection between the two. Just... Continue Reading →
My Madonna is Better Than Your Madonna
I got a little worked up about things and then I had to stop. I had to watch ‘Vogue’ on YouTube and then I had to ask myself: why am I getting so worked up about this? What a colossal waste of my time and energy. By this I mean Miley Cyrus and all her... Continue Reading →
Who Took the Danger Out of Rock-n-Roll?
ATTENTION MILLENNIAL GIRLS EVERYWHERE: Never fear, therockmom is here! To advise, to educate and of course, to embarrass you, as most moms are want to do. (Do what you’re good at, I say.) Yes, I know you’re sinking under a mountain of college debt. Yes, I know it’s tough to get a job or even... Continue Reading →
To Beyonce or Not To Beyonce?
That’s the question on my mind this week as I ponder what life has in store for America’s most famous new Mom, Beyonce Knowles Carter. I wonder what kind of nanny she’s going to hire. A drag queen, as suggested by some pseudo-reality-celeb? A reformed thug aka Memphis Poppins, from mediatakeout.com? It’s a crucial hiring... Continue Reading →
I’ve never been a big fan of Patti Smith. I can admire what she’s done as a female rock pioneer, but that doesn’t mean I like her music. My earliest memory of her is actually Gilda Radner parodying her as ‘Candy Slice’ in an old Saturday Night Live sketch, where Gilda comes out in a... Continue Reading →
Let Us Now Praise Famous Train Wrecks
Quietly, without much fanfare, and certainly without exposing herself on national television, Courtney Love and her band Hole released a new album, Nobody’s Daughter. The record, on Mercury/Def Jam Records, came out last Spring, and the band recently finished up a summer tour through the States and Europe. Aside from a bizarre, rambling show in... Continue Reading →
Should I Be Worried About Lady Gaga?
Lady Gaga's faux-feminist agenda culminates in a really crap video.