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All-Women Bands in MN

Minnesota has been the home to a number of musical revolutionaries, so for Women's History Month we wanted to share examples of some of the great all-female bands from Minnesota.  Use the information and links below to explore these groups' contributions.  And also check out our page on researching other famous Minnesota women.  Enjoy!  
 
  • Back cover of Vixen album.Vixen, the first all-female rock band from the Twin Cities, rose to international stardom during the glam metal heyday of the 1980’s.  Jan Kuehnemund (guitar) and her band mates Laurie Hedlund (drums), Cindy Boettcher (keyboards) and Gayle (Erickson) DeMatoff (bass) played throughout the Twin Cities, including gigs at the Cabooze, Duffy’s and the Union.   As the band honed their chops, they secured a manager and began performing around the country under their new moniker, Vixen.  During the 1970’s Vixen opened for acts such as Styx, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, and Bob Seeger, and in 1979 the girls moved to Los Angeles to strike it big.
     
    Manuscript Collection:
    The Jan Kuehnemund Records of Vixen manuscript collection is filled with correspondence, posters and other records. It is a new collection and has not been fully processed yet, but it can be viewed at the Library (ask staff for assistance).

  • Zuzu’s Petals was an all-women rock group that formed in 1988 in Minneapolis.  Laurie Lindeen (singer/guitarist), Coleen Elwood (bassist) and Linda Pitmon (drummer), signed to Minneapolis record label TwinTone and released two albums.  The band broke up in 1994.
     
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    Albums: 

  • Babes in Toyland, an all-female trio, formed in Minneapolis in 1987, and released two albums on the local Twin/Tone label in 1990 and 1991; they signed to the national Reprise label in 1992. Drummer and Minneapolis native Lori Barbero and vocalist/guitarist Kat Bjelland were the core members with Michelle Leon, Maureen Herman and others playing bass at various times. 
     
    Books: 
    I Live Inside: Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland
     
    Albums:
    Devil, 2000 
    Painkillers, 1993 
     
    Archival Records:

    Back cover of Vixen album.


  • Blue Up? was an all women band from Minneapolis that performed in the 1980s. Rachael Olson (aka Ana Voog), Carolyn Rush, Renee Bracchi, Sally Sweet, released records on the Minneapolis label Susstone Records.  
     
    Albums:
    Now, 1987

  • The Clams were a Minneapolis based band performing in the 1980s.  Cynthia Lawson, Roxie Terry (amazing lead guitarist), Patty Jansen, Karen Cusack played music reminiscent of the Rolling Stones, MC5 and the New York Dolls.
     
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  • The Queens of Syncopation were a dance and dixieland band from the 1920s headed by the infamous Milch sisters Arma and Adeline.