NPR Music July 24, This list, of the greatest albums made by women between and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation. Compiled by nearly 50 women from across NPR and the public radio system and produced in partnership with Lincoln Center, it rethinks popular music to put women at the center. In the late s, women across America sat in circles, speaking and listening intently.
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Early on, their ranks had been thinned from four to three in , Cass Elliot died, at a tragically young 32, of a heart attack ; then, much later, from three to two: in , John Phillips, 65, finally succumbed, after decades of drinking and drugs, to heart failure. The Mamas and the Papas were cannon-shot onto the airwaves when the country was still shaking off its post-Camelot conventionality; girls were wearing go-go boots, and boys were growing out their early-Beatles haircuts. The Mamas and the Papas were the first rich hippies, stripping folk rock of its last vestiges of Pete Seeger earnestness and making it ironic and sensual. They made the rock elite part and parcel of Hollywood.
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Chynna Phillips. Gil took the girls to Mexico for several years, then back to L. George Hodel shared with Man Ray a love for the work of the Marquis de Sade and the belief that the pursuit of personal liberty was worth everything—possibly even, for Hodel, gratuitous murder. There were numerous arrests, but no one was ever charged with the murder. A striking, graphic array of evidence in the two books strongly suggests that it was Hodel who, on January 15, , killed actress Elizabeth Short, then surgically cut her in two and transported the halved, nude, exsanguinated corpse—the internal organs kept painstakingly intact—to a vacant lot, where he laid the pieces out as if in imitation of certain Surrealist artworks by Man Ray.