CHEESECAKE GIRL CD 2012
“rocks with an authority the Rolling Stones need to study
for the new millennium”
Joe Viglione – Music Business Monthly
Genya Ravan : Back Better Than Ever!!!
Genya Ravan is an unsung
hero in Rock n Roll. This record will
blow your mind!
Maybe you remember her from
10 Wheel Drive or her records
in the 1980's.
For God's sake! She was
Goldie of Goldie and the Ginger
Breads-the first all girls rock
band in America!
Once I put "UnderCover" in the
CD player I didn't take it off for
months. This chick can sing
and more importantly she
knows what to sing sbout. Let's
get her in the Rock N Roll Hall
Genya Ravan just sold out the Iridium in NYC and rocked the
house down at Record Collector in Bordentown NJ. Her mini tour is
proving to be success. Rock and Roll. People are loving it. Her fans
are also bringing their vinyls for her to sign. Also buying her newer
Lollipop Lounge Reviewed By Dr. Wesley Britton of Bookpleasures.com
Author: Genya Ravan
Publisher: Billboard Books (September 1, 2004)
At first blush, it might seem strange to see a review for a book almost 10 years old. However, singer/producer Genya Ravan has just released her new solo album, Cheesecake Girl, which she says is a companion piece to Lollipop Lounge, her memoir about her 40 years in the music business. Each song on Cheesecake Girl, she claims, is associated with the various chapters in her life-story which makes Cheesecake Girl, in a sense, her overdue soundtrack for her book.
But you don't need to have heard Cheesecake Girl to appreciate Lollipop Lounge.You simply need to be interested in the story of rock and roll as told by a participant with a unique perspective. After all, born Genyusha Zelkowitz in Łódź, Poland, the future singer was a survivor of the holocaust who grew up as an unhappy immigrant before discovering music as her means to independence. When she did, she began singing with Richard Perry and the Escorts before dating the legendary Tony Sheridan as she fronted and organized the first self-contained all-girl band, Goldie and the Gingerbreads. They earned success as a touring group in the heady mid-60s, especially in the U.K. where they worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Animals, and Kinks.
Then came the late '60s and Genya Ravan moved on to sing for the pioneering Ten Wheel Drive where major success seemed but one magic moment away. It didn't quite happen, so she went on to an on-again, off-again solo performing career which included spending time as a major rock producer as a result of her association with the club, CBGBs. As the decades went by, the usual rock formula dominated her life—betrayal by management, sex, drugs, more sex, an more drugs. Read her story, and you'll understand that no one else but Genya Ravan would come up with a marketing campaign with t-shirts asking "Who do I have to fuck to get off this record label?"
Throughout her engrossing autobiography, the vivacious and indomitable Ravan has more than a few name-dropping episodes to tell about the likes of Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Clive Davis, Phil and Ronnie Spector, and Janis Joplin, the latter the figure she was much too typically compared to. Ravan is completely candid about her demons, addictions, and reasons why few of her dreams jelled like she had hoped. Being in the forefront of female rockers, she had the burden of fighting through an establishment where the musicians, producers, and managers weren't certain if they preferred sex with her or working with her. And beneath the life on the road struggles were the inner torments that neither Southern Comfort nor coke could quell. And then came the big C and the announcement Genya had only months to live. . .
The 2013 e-book edition of Lollipop Lounge includes a short update to the hardcover version, mainly pointing out Ravan proved some doctors wrong by long outliving some early predictions about her lung cancer. She offers a few comments about the origins of Cheesecake Girl, and no doubt new readers will be motivated to track down this excellent CD. Or vice versa—2013 is a great year for Genya Ravan as her story is being considered for a new musical and she's going to be portrayed in a new movie about CBGBs. So if you don't know who Genya Ravan is, now's a good time to get introduced. She's a great storyteller, both in song and in print. She does have quite a story to tell.
Wes Britton's July 31, 2013 audio interview with Genya Ravan for online radio's "Dave White Presents" is available HERE
The Astounding and Phenomenal Genya Ravan, July 27, 2011
UNDERCOVER CD 2011
This review is from: Undercover (Audio CD)
A new album by Genya Ravan, her first studio album in many years , contains some of the best music that she's ever recorded. This album is just glorious, filled with music ranging from rock to R&B and blues. Genya Ravan has always been one of rock's great singers, and her choice of material fits her perfectly. It may be called UNDERCOVER as it covers other songwriters, but many of the songs were new to me. Knowing how to produce has also been one of Genya's strengths as well, and she always gets it right. For fans who love her classic albums URBAN DESIRE and AND I MEAN IT! , there are songs in abundance that fall into that hard rock vein. But Genya also chose a diverse selection of material and styles.
Leave it to Genya Ravan, one of rock's true originals to pull out an album so strong in 2010. For a woman who released her first record in 1962 [ with The Escorts ], then founded the first all female rock band in 1963 [ Goldie and The Gingerbreads ], led the powerful rock/jazz band Ten Wheel Drive from 1969-1971, then went onto many solo albums, and has produced many artists including Ronnie Spector's first ever full album, this is yet another illustration of this singer's powerful musical vision and talent. Outstanding, one of the best albums of 2010.
FOR FANS ONLY 2005
Review of "For Fans Only" by Barbara Flaska
Flash! To any and all who ever wished they had experienced the best of late '70s punk-rock-new wave, and especially if you have, you gotta get this Genya. Genya Ravan has just released For Fans Only, a collection of formerly unreleased songs, most dating from the late '70s. She's released this record herself in response to the constant and sometimes anguished pleas from her fans for a CD from her. Ravan compiled 13 tracks representing some of the tastiest of her studio outtakes and live performance recordings. This one (and critics be damned!) is put out for the people who really count for something, for the fans. For Fans Only (and I say it because I really mean it) is a great record. It is hot, Ravan's exotic voice is hotter yet, and the CD is hot off the presses.
WNYC AM FM Interview with Genya Oct 29th 2004
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