Lydia Mendoza had one of the most extensive performance careers for Mexican American women singers and an immense recording archive. Listeners to border radio in the 1930s would have heard her music alongside that of Maybelle Carter.
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In the 1930s, when Maybelle Carter (left) was touring with her cousin Sara (center) and Sara's husband A.P. Carter as the Carter Family, the members of the group still labored on the family farm in Poor Valley, in southern Virginia.
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Sleater-Kinney performs on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on June 19, 2019. On July 1, drummer Janet Weiss announced her departure from the band after more than 20 years.
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Performing "Rebel Girl" felt risky in Bikini Kill's early years, Kathleen Hanna says. "There were confrontations, things thrown at us, stuff like that. So doing that song always felt like putting my superhero cape on."
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"If you think about it, it's almost like Dr. Seuss," Beauty Pill's Chad Clark notes about one of David Berman's lyrics, "if Dr. Seuss had become seriously depressed."
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Bessie Smith on stage with her band in Philadelphia, Penn. Smith infused her performances with glamour whether she was performing in cities or for rural audiences in settings that evoked minstrelsy.
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