The project name has been inspired by Joe Perry’s (Aerosmith) Solo LP – Let the Music do the talking.
Rock 'n' roll, it goes without saying, is a reflection of real-life – including insofar as women often have to work twice as hard to receive proper recognition in a male-dominated world.
But just as society at large has slowly overcome many of its prejudices and old fashioned ways regarding gender relations, so too has rock 'n' roll gradually admitted more women into its creative frontlines with every decade that passes.
In the ‘60s, trailblazers like Janis Joplin and Grace Slick made some of the first inroads, by becoming the focal points in their respective bands (Big Brother and the Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane), not just as lead singers, but as contributing songwriters and de facto frontwomen, backed by male musicians.
In the ‘70s, more women started cropping up in self-contained bands, including Debbie Harry with Blondie, Ann and Nancy Wilson in the hard-rocking Heart, and Joan Jett and Lita Ford in the all-girl glam/punk group, The Runaways.
By the 1980s, prominent frontwomen could be found all over MTV (Pat Benatar, Doro Pesch, etc.), and in the 1990s the floodgates really opened, thanks to the alternative rock movement’s more inclusive mindset, which saw ever more confident artists like Courtney Love, Shirley Manson and assorted Riot Grrrls standing toe to toe with their male peers.
And, needless to say, this persistent evolution carried on right into the current millennium, which has yielded more female-fronted bands (Amy Lee's Evanescence, Lzzy Hale's Hailstorm, Maria Brink's In This Moment, etc.) than one could possibly keep track of… although we do our best.
The purpose of this program is to encourage young female entrepreneurs and artists
Thomas Jensen (co-founder of Wacken Open Air) adds: "Worldwide promotion of young talent is the key objective of our Wacken Foundation. Therefore, we are very excited about this project and very happy
Miriam Hensel (Wacken Open Air – International Affairs) comments “: “Whether in the charts, on the stages or in the boardrooms of the big labels and booking agencies, you look for "SHE" in vain. The decisive positions are still largely occupied by men.
Ambitions and talents abound, so why are women often left to stew in the “assistant role”? It’s time the issue was put on the table. The preliminary work for this project has shown that you don’t have to look far for competent women.
We are happy that we were able to start this project in India and are working to ensure that this is only the beginning of a series of exciting events on this topic.
Salman U. Syed (Founder – Bangalore Open Air) states: “I truly believe this endeavour will make a massive impact on women from all walks of life and will also open doors to young women who want to pursue careers in the music industry, We are really excited that Let Women Do The Talking will happen at Wacken Open Air 2022