Thursday, 5 January 2012


Goldie and the Gingerbreads - Compilation

Genya Ravan, born Genyusha Zelkowitz [and known also as Goldie Zelkowitz, the name on her solo album of 1974] started her career in what is often cited as the first all-female rock band signed to a major record label [Atlantic Records], and in my researching and writing about Ravan I came across these photos as well as a compilation of the band's work. It's no surprise to hear Ravan's voice cutting such a distinctive sound in these pop and R'n'B tunes from the early 60s.

As I've said, I don't believe she is as well know as is deserved, and this in spite of the vocal genius, the iconoclastic early career, her subsequent music production and, I believe, film work. I hope these brief references encourage anyone who reads to seek out some of her music.


  1. Some of this stuff is so obscure. Your appetite for discovering music is insatiable!

    Give 'The Hunter' by Mastodon a try. A lot of the heavier rock press's album of 2011. Southern-fried prog metal(!) I've had it on out running a few times and it always reveals something I hadn't noticed before.

  2. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I do like to follow the routes, but it's only 'obscure' to a young 'un like you! I will try the Mastodon - thanks for recommendation.