Thursday, July 22, 2010

On "Girls Like Us" The Music

HALLIE: Almost exactly a year ago Jungle Red hosted Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon -- and the Journey of a Generation. It's the inside stories of the three singer/songwriters who shaped and shaded a generation of women and beyond.

Now we get this update from Sheila:

SHEILA: A lovely thing has happened: Jodie Wright, who was formerly Carly's manager and is currently her archivist, took it upon herself (!) to painstakingly create this amazing website, GIRLS LIKE US THE MUSIC. No, no, it's not what you think -- it goes beyond the music these iconic artists created and gets at (and digs up, and lets you listen to) all the music that actually affected and influenced them, in their childhoods, on their journeys...and on ours. She did it because...she's terrific and generous...and also is perfecting her already-ample website-building chops. Mainly the former reason. Take a look and see how cool it is:

HALLIE: I just spent some time grazing the site. It's still a work in progress, but such fun. Did you know Joni Mitchell's favorite song from high school (and for decades to come) was the Shirelles hit Will You Love Me Tomorrow. (This song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.) Or that The Anderson family (Joni Mitchell's real last name) entertained itself by listening to the Andrews Sisters' and the McGuire Sisters' mellifluous close-harmonies piped through the console radio in the mid-40's. (The site has the clips of the Andrews Sisters singing "Sleepy Serenade" and "Begin the Beguine" and more.)

What a great way to take a break and take walk back through memory lane...


  1. Hi Sheila,
    My guitar teacher has ordered me to buy and read your book and I'm going right now to send her the link to this new website!

    (After I go, of course!)

    thanks for coming to JR

  2. So fascinating! And so...easy to get lost in.. Thanks!

  3. Oh, boy - that took me back! I'm planning a reunion with a few girlfirends...i should get each of them the book. At least two of them wanted to be Joni Mitchell!

    BTW My fave version of Nancy Whiskey is Ian & Sylvia's.

  4. Any chance of getting four signed copies?