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Sunland Symposium: Women and Music

Holland Project and Sundance Books and Music announce the launch of Sunland: A Holland/Sundance Symposium, a quarterly salon-style discussion series focused in 2014 on the theme “music.”

Each Sunland event features guest speakers, a moderator, and a lively discussion around the chosen theme and topic. A suggested (but not required) reading list will accompany each symposium to fuel the conversation. In addition to books, the list will often include relevant articles, films, and other materials. Participants can prepare for each symposium by reading selections from the list, or they can refer to the list afterward if they want to continue their exploration of a certain topic. The Sunland Symposium Series is designed, as the salons of yore, “to educate and to please.”

Sunland #3: The Ladies

Wednesday, Sept. 3 @ 6PM at Sundance Books and Music (121 California Ave.)

A look at women in music, but not the obvious choices. We want to explore some unsung heroines, killer ladies, and musical legends—women who changed everything—but largely remain in the shadows, or veiled in mystery, or simply haven’t received their due. We’d like to delve into the stories about strong women behind the scenes (as songwriters, inventors, producers, business heads); ladies just out of the spotlight (as musicians, back-up singers, opening acts); women that should have been stars or household names, but weren’t; trailblazing ladies and women who did it first (paving the path not just for other women, but igniting change or a lasting impact on music in general); and interesting female figures throughout music history. We’d like to stay away from the big girl bands and amazing front women we know and love, to find and discuss—and bring into the spotlight—some women worth talking about.

Special Guests
Sylvie Simmons, rock writer, author, ukelele player, and biographer (Serge Gainsbourg, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen)
Aja Pecknold, Unified Field Collective / Fleet Foxes

Erica Wirthlin

Reading & Resource List
coming soon!

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  • cheryll

    I'm here. Wearing a black and white striped tank top :)

    September 3, 2014

  • cheryll

    Looking forward to tomorrow. Again, of you are not going to make the Meetup, please Un RSVP - that way I won't be looking for you. Thanks!

    September 2, 2014

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