Women to the Front
Celebrating Women's Musical History
From the earliest days of electronic instruments to today's chart-topping productions, women have always been at the forefront of popular music, whether or not their contributions were given the full credit they deserved at the time.

For Women's History Month this year, we're highlighting the work of women across pop history.
A Human Touch to Electronic Music
Who is Clara Rockmore?

When electronic music was in its infancy, Rockmore brought true artistry to the theremin, turning what could have remained a touch-free novelty into a real instrument—and inspiring the synthesizer boom of the following decades.

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A Human Touch to Electronic Music
Who is Clara Rockmore?

When electronic music was in its infancy, Rockmore brought true artistry to the theremin, turning what could have remained a touch-free novelty into a real instrument—and inspiring the synthesizer boom of the following decades.

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The Mother of Country
The Far-Reaching Influence of Mother Maybelle Carter

As the matriarch of the Carter Family, Maybelle Carter's legacy would be enormous enough if she had only helped birth country music, or her unique fingerpicking guitar work alone. But through decades of performance, an appreciation of all forms of music, and her mentorship of younger artists, Carter kept folk traditions alive for generations.

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The Mother of Country
The Far-Reaching Influence of Mother Maybelle Carter

As the matriarch of the Carter Family, Maybelle Carter's legacy would be enormous enough if she had only helped birth country music, or her unique fingerpicking guitar work alone. But through decades of performance, an appreciation of all forms of music, and her mentorship of younger artists, Carter kept folk traditions alive for generations.

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The Early Riffs of Rock 'N' Roll
Video: Riffs in the Key of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Often called The Godmother of Rock 'N' Roll, Tharpe brought bluesy, electrified licks and a secular bent to gospel songs, causing a stir and setting the stage for rock and R&B. Learn some of the signature riffs and licks of the pioneering guitarist.

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The Early Riffs of Rock 'N' Roll
Video: Riffs in the Key of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Often called The Godmother of Rock 'N' Roll, Tharpe brought bluesy, electrified licks and a secular bent to gospel songs, causing a stir and setting the stage for rock and R&B. Learn some of the signature riffs and licks of the pioneering guitarist.

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Groundbreaking Synthesis
Just How Pioneering Was Wendy Carlos' "Switched-On Bach"?

While Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, and their colleagues were bringing synths to the British public at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Wendy Carlos' chart-topping Switched-On Bach brought synthesizers fully into the mainstream. Recorded meticulously at her home studio—which was itself far ahead of its time—Carlos' exacting use of an early Moog system and close design collaboration with Bob Moog would influence the future of electronic music.

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Groundbreaking Synthesis
Just How Pioneering Was Wendy Carlos' "Switched-On Bach"?

While Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, and their colleagues were bringing synths to the British public at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Wendy Carlos' chart-topping Switched-On Bach brought synthesizers fully into the mainstream. Recorded meticulously at her home studio—which was itself far ahead of its time—Carlos' exacting use of an early Moog system and close design collaboration with Bob Moog would influence the future of electronic music.

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A Titan of a Session Player
Spotlight On: Legendary Bassist Carol Kaye

Outside of Motown's James Jamerson, no other bassist was heard in the '60s more than Carol Kaye. As part of LA's so-called Wrecking Crew (though Kaye doesn't care for the name), she played on everything from The Beach Boys to Ray Charles to Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin's iconic movie themes. In this interview, Kaye looks back on her sound and career.

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A Titan of a Session Player
Spotlight On: Legendary Bassist Carol Kaye

Outside of Motown's James Jamerson, no other bassist was heard in the '60s more than Carol Kaye. As part of LA's so-called Wrecking Crew (though Kaye doesn't care for the name), she played on everything from The Beach Boys to Ray Charles to Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin's iconic movie themes. In this interview, Kaye looks back on her sound and career.

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The Dancefloor Anthem
The Synth Sounds Of Donna Summer's “I Feel Love”

A new era of electronic production can be heard on Summer's "I Feel Love," with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte's synth lines and drum machines evoking the future of electronic dance music at the peak of disco. David Bowie said it would influence the next 15 years of club music, but it hasn't let up yet.

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The Dancefloor Anthem
The Synth Sounds Of Donna Summer's “I Feel Love”

A new era of electronic production can be heard on Summer's "I Feel Love," with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte's synth lines and drum machines evoking the future of electronic dance music at the peak of disco. David Bowie said it would influence the next 15 years of club music, but it hasn't let up yet.

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These pioneers led the way for artists like Maggie Rogers, Sudan Archives, Carrie Brownstein, and so many other musicians that are creating exciting new music today. Throughout this month, Reverb will be sharing the stories of women in music. Keep checking back for fresh features and videos.