It was January , and America was on the brink of cultural upheaval. In less than a month, the Beatles would land at JFK for the first time, providing an outlet for the hormonal enthusiasms of teenage girls everywhere. The previous spring, Betty Friedan had published The Feminine Mystique , giving voice to the languor of middle-class housewives and kick-starting second-wave feminism in the process. In much of the country, the Pill was still only available to married women, but it had nonetheless become a symbol of a new, freewheeling sexuality. And in the offices of TIME, at least one writer was none too happy about it.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Chrissie Hynde grew up on sixties rock, and came up in punk: She embodies, in her swagger and her gut-punching, elemental songwriting, 50 years of rock 'n' roll. Her memoir, Reckless , is tough but unassuming, marked with tragedy and offhanded resilience, an account of her life through her early years with the Pretenders, the band she formed in the late s. Hynde has written about, and discussed with journalists, her views on sexual assault and women in the music industry. Critics have called them regressive and irresponsible; Hynde maintains she's not giving advice, only her opinion. In this interview, we discussed the sexual revolution and self-presentation. I'm not really sure.
I n one of his very last acts as Beatles manager, Brian Epstein signed a contract for the group to represent Britain in the Our World global satellite television event, broadcasting the band to an estimated million people in 25 countries. Exactly one month later, Epstein was dead from an overdose of sleeping pills. Nowhere in his obituaries was his homosexuality mentioned. But even after the passing of the Sexual Offences Act, it was not thought of as a topic worthy of discussion.
Okay, yes, this was written by a man: Otis Redding penned the tune in But the Queen of Soul's version is the definitive take on the song, in no small part because, by changing the gender roles, she subverts the original intent. But credit must also be given to the soul singer's powerful performance; Franklin doesn't just ask for her man's respect, she flat-out demands it. Download on Amazon. Mischievous punk queen Gwen Stefani insists she didn't write this tune as a feminist anthem "I just wrote it because my dad wouldn't let me drive at night!