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Dear Reader,

I don't normally bother responding to such inane dribble as Robert Heintz's letter (in June 10th's issue) and I certainly don't want to appear to be supporting any of Bill Wyman's ideas (he seems to be a nice enough guy, I just don't share his opinions) but those two seem to have a bad habit of drawing hasty conclusions from rash generalizations.

Sure, rock and roll is sometimes "nothing but a macho male ritual," but when it is it usually (although not without exception) sucks! That is, as music it sucks, though I'm sure it must serve some other purpose to those participating in it and to those who choose to listen to it. But then again it could just be that those "righteous brothers" keep all their taste in their testicles.

But let me get to the point:

"Wife-core" is without a doubt the most moronic thing I've heard all year! "Foxcore" was pretty dumb and "riot grrrls," as applied with as much abandon as it has been to all women in rock, was even more asinine, but "wife-core"?

I want to know, Robert, if you really believe the main reason why a woman may want to play in a band full of men is because she is or wants to be fucking someone else in the band. Maybe that's why you fantasize about asking Tiffany to come play bass in your band, but believe it or not, women generally have goals, ambitions, and needs musically or otherwise that do not revolve around getting laid or getting married.

I've seen more than a few bands with male "musicians" who are inept on their instruments or who "sing" and wear cute, sexy little outfits for their shows. These guys are often buddies with the other more accomplished band members and so their friends indulge them. Shall we call this "dude-core"?

And what's this shit about playing bass or drums? Is a woman only a legitimate musician if she happens to wield a guitar? What about all the men in rock who don't play guitar? Are they in your estimation not true musicians?

If music is to you nothing but a "macho male ritual," then you are depriving yourself of a much richer experience, my friend, and it is no one's loss but your own.

Jolene Callen


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