Genya Ravan: Girl power
Genya Ravan was part of the first successful all-girl band, Goldie and the Gingerbreads
Ravan hosts two shows in Little Steven’s “Underground Garage.”
Ravan’s singing career started in 1962 on a dare in a Brooklyn club called the Lollipop Lounge.
She was asked to join the band The Escorts about a week after her Lollipop Lounge performance.
In fall 1968, Ravan joined Ten Wheel Drive.
Ravan's eponymous Columbia solo debut dropped in 1972.
She moved on to the Janus label with the album Goldie Zelkowitz in 1974.
Ravan worked as a producer in the late 1970s.
Following health struggles in the 1980s and 1990s, Ravan launched her own Web site.
Ravan's autobiography, “Lollipop Lounge, Memoirs of a Rock and Roll Refugee,” was published in 2004.
Genya Ravan is a rock ’n’ roll pioneer. She has single-handedly busted down the male-dominated walls of every facet of the record industry.
Being part of the first successful all-girl band, Goldie and the Gingerbreads, she paved the way for bands like Fanny, The Go-Go’s and The Bangles. She went on to front the powerful horn band Ten Wheel Drive, and she has many production credits, including Ronnie Spector and The Dead Boys, and she started her own record label.
The roads Genya took were twisted, tortured and rocky. While she sometimes was down, she was never out. Her fiery determination wouldn’t let that happen.
She always came back bigger and better than before. After all Ravan has accomplished, is there anything else she could possibly do? The answer is, yes.
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