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Sexism in Song

Sexism in Song First we need to define the word sexism. From various dictionary sources I can summarize by saying that broadly it means to stereotype by gender or gender roles. It is also used in the context of describing misogyny, dislike and hatred toward women. Regardless of gender, there's the old saying about "sex, drugs and rock and roll" that is sort of an expectation in the music world, but the extremes in that behaviour have their consequences. That aside, from what I have garnered, over time songs have reflected varying degrees of sexism, mostly towards women. Upon reflection, lots of older songs contain lyrics that range from the dismissive insult or subtle discrimination all the way to more hateful attitudes toward women. In 1970, songs like Todd Rundgren's " We Got to Get You a Woman' " got a pass for lines like 'They may be stupid but they sure are fun' or Mungo Jerry's " In the Summertime " with ' If her daddy'

Piedmont

Piedmont Piedmont is an area that runs to the east of the Appalachian region and Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Coast and extends from Alabama up through New York State. I have made some passing references to some of the artists from this area, in particular with my post on the adjacent Appalachia and Bluegrass. You may be surprised at Piedmont’s significant contributions to the Blues and other genres.  Musical Styles Music from this region is primarily known as the Piedmont Blues or the East Coast Blues. There is a significant difference in the style of Piedmont Blues music compared to the style found in the epicenter of the Blues, the Mississippi Delta. I've talked about the importance of Arnold Shultz in the development of Bluegrass and fingerstyle guitar; in Delta Blues I discussed many pioneers such as Broonzy, James and Leonard. For the Piedmont region, we look to artists of no less importance such as Blind Blake, Scrapper Blackwell, Kokomo Arnold, Elizabeth Cotten, Jos