1 80s Rock Pat Benatar - Benatar was born Patricia Andrzejewski in New York in 1953 - She received classical training as an opera singer with a mezzo-soprano voice - In 1975, Benatar move to New York and lands a spot at the Catch a Rising Star club - The begin the process of changing her stage persona to more aggressive, Heavy Metal image - Benatar follows up with the 1980 #2 album Crimes of Passion - “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” goes to #9 on the charts, selling millions - The track is one of Benatar’s signature songs, a high-energy rock groove often played at sporting events - It’s been covered by John Cougar Mellencamp, Joan Jett, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Catherine Zeta-Jones - From 1980-82, Benatar has three consecutive Top 5 albums and 11 Top 40 singles throughthe 1980s - In 1981, Benatar becomes the first winner of the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female - She will win this award for the next three years - Benatar was one of the first women rockers to adopt the hard-driving, guitar-propelled Rock and Roll style - Benatar becomes an MTV staple, with impactful videos like 1984’s “Love Is a Battlefield” Stevie Nicks - Vocalist Stevie Nicks is best known for her contributions to the Pop band Fleetwood Mac - By 1975, Lindsey Buckingham, vocalist and guitarist, and Stevie Nicks have joined - Huge success came their way in 1977 with the multiplatinum Rumours album - By the ‘80s, members decide to pursue solo careers, and Nicks will enjoy seven Top 40 hits in the early ‘80s - “Stevie Nicks had a look and voice that worked for a front woman” - “She was mysterious and enchanting, with a voice not quite human; a creature from the deep” - “I Can’t Wait” is from her 1986 Rock a Little album - The song was written by Nicks and hits the Pop and Dance charts - The song opens with swirling synths and Nicks sings with heavy reverb on her voice - Nicks did perform “I Can’t Wait” on her 1989 Rock a Little tour, it’s only tour appearance - Nicks joins Fleetwood Mac for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 Avant-Garde
2 Laurie Anderson - Born in Chicago in 1947, Laurie Anderson studied classical violin as a child - She later earned her master’s degree in fine arts, focusing on sculpture - Her first musical work featured her conducting an orchestra of car horns in true performance art fashion - Anderson exhibits her artwork in galleries, often adding live music by playing violin and telling stories - In late 1980, producer and musician Roma Baron convinces Anderson to record her piece “0 Superman” - “O Superman” was part of a larger work by Anderson, entitled United States - The song hit #2 in the UK and was an unexpected success in the U.S. on Anderson’s 1982 Big Science album - “A delicately painted portrait of technology and power…over a tape loop of steady synthesized ‘ah ah’ harmonies by Anderson” - In 2003, Anderson becomes NASA’s first artist-in-residence, and she premiers her performance piece The End of the Moon - She helps create the opening ceremony for the 2004 Athens Olympics, and In premier’s new music at the Vancouver Olympic games Punk
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