by Ainslie Paton
Ditch the Fairy Dress. Bust the Crown. Swap out the Sparkles.
Those rock star boys hog all the limelight. It’s time for more rock chick romances. Because if you want kick arse, you need a rock chick – she’s the definition of making it in a world where men are used to dominating.
Here are 10 rock chicks to inspire.
Suzi was the first female bass player to become a major rock star. She kicked ass and proved women could rock a guitar. A star in the 70s, she’s sold 50 million albums and is still performing.
Considered the Queen of Rock. Joan sang I love rock n roll in 1982 and we’re still singing it. She’s still performing.
Rolling Stone ranked her number 63 on their 100 greatest artists of all time. In 1991, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Rock and punk icon Debbie Harry of Blondie was also one of the first rappers. She’s also a film star with 30 films to her name.
Linda has 11 Grammy Awards to her name has recorded on over 120 albums and is one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and lead singer of The UK band The Pretenders. She was considered the female Mick Jagger. One of the first women to sing about women’s desires. She released a new album in 2014.
Lead singer of the Aussie band the Divynls and Aussie rock pioneer, Chrissie had a global number one hit with I Touch Myself.
The Queen of Alt Rock Angst. She has 7 Grammy Awards. Her Jagged Little Pill album spawned six singles and a lot of confusion about what is and isn’t ironic.
The Queen of re-invention. Madonna makes the list, though she’s pop not rock, for her cultural significance. Madonna puts Lady Gaga in second place where changing her style and aiming for shock value is concerned, for this—she rocks.
Singer, songwriter, actress and acrobat, Grammy Award winner, and Queen of the stadium concert. She is top 6 in Forbes list for highest earning women in music. She makes approximately $1M per live show.
Ainslie Paton has written a rock chick to rule them all in Getting Real.
Rielle Mainline is a rock star with a hardcore image, a troubled heart, and a twenty-five-city tour to front with her band, Ice Queen. She should be ecstatic. But the tour includes Sydney and Rielle has spent years running away from that city.
Jake Reed knows Rielle’s reputation as a prize bitch will make being Ice Queen’s tour manager a challenge, but Jake’s confident he can handle her — until he meets her. Then he’s off-balance, not sure if he wants to kiss her or throttle her. Sparks fly, tempers flare, and boundaries are crossed. It’s rock star verses roadie, alpha girl verses boy-next-door and neither of them will survive unchanged.