In my own personal big gay church there are many wings. One is dedicated to the rockbirds - so named after a turn of phrase coined by one of the divas who resides there. These ladies raged against a very specific machine: the misogynistic heart of the corporate music business. They endured countless interviews asking them how they felt being a woman in the world of rock n' roll - the assumption being that it was exclusively a man's world. Are they the women of rock? Hell, no... they just rock! And they did it all with a singular style and unique voice.
One such rockbird? Why the woman who coined the phrase...
Deborah Harry. Debbie Harry. Blondie.
"I was one of those idiots who thought they were going to live forever. I thought I’d live to a ripe old age, because I always felt there was a lot to do. I had a driven feeling. I always thought in the present. That was the impetus for me to do music or art, because I knew if I didn't try when I was young, then I would get to be in my 40's and I'd be really unhappy that I hadn't. I do know the effect that music still has on me – I’m completely vulnerable to it. I’m seduced by it."
"The word 'iconic' is used too frequently - an icon is a statue carved in wood. It was shocking at first, when I got that reference. It was a responsibility, and it's impossible to live up to - you're supposed to be dead, for one thing. I guess people assume I have some sort of totally magical life, but I'm a working musician, fortunately. I've worked on my craft, and I'm very fortunate I've been able to survive in a very competitive industry and enjoy my success. It's not easy."