Coffee Break: Iconic instruments from female musicians

St. Vincent
St. Vincent (Nate Ryan)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced an exhibit dedicated to iconic instruments of rock & roll opening April 2019. It's called "Play It Loud", and it will include instruments dating from 1939 to the present used by artists including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Jimmy Page, Steve Miller, and many more.

Recently, Neko Case took to Twitter to call out the Met on their lack of instruments from female-identifying musicians included in the exhibit. The museum has announced two female performers who will be featured -- St. Vincent and Joni Mitchell. But let's brainstorm a list of even more.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what female artists do you want to hear that famously used an iconic instrument?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

Have an idea for a Coffee Break topic? Submit your idea for a future theme and browse past Coffee Breaks in our archive. Or, when you register for a Minnesota Public Radio account, you can send requests via Alexa, too Just say "Alexa, ask The Current to play Song by Artist" e.g. "Alexa, ask The Current to play Left of the Dial by The Replacements."

Songs played

Alice Coltrane - Wisdom Eye
Nancy Sinatra - These Boots are Made for Walking
The Carter Family - Wildwood Flower
The White Stripes - Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - 99 1/2 Won't Do
X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage, Up Yours!
Sonic Youth - Bull in the Heather
Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People


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