Seasonal Special Happenings

Photo Exhibit: 44 Women Who Rocked Your World

When: Mon., Feb. 14 2011

Once upon a time, a woman who hung around rock bands was assumed to be a groupie or somebody's girlfriend. That this is no longer the case is due, in no small part, to female rock photogs like New York's Annie Leibovitz and Cleveland's Anastasia Pantsios, who helped shatter barriers on both sides of the lens. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors Pantsios, a Scene staffer, and her long history of rock photography in an exhibit that opens today: Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock. In 44 photos, Pantsios chronicles women's emergence on the rock scene, starting with a 1969 shot of Jefferson Airplane taken in Chicago's Grant Park. "That was the first rock show I ever saw," recalls Pantsios. "I really started listening to rock music because of Grace Slick." She went on to photograph scores of female ground-breakers — including Joan Jett (1982) at Music Hall and Tina Turner (1984) at Blossom Music Center — and to see her photos featured in books, on album covers, and in publications like Rolling Stone and Village Voice. The exhibition, featuring images from 1969 to 2006, continues through September 5 in the Patty, Jay, and Kizzy Baker Gallery. It's free with regular Rock Hall admission. For more information, visit rockhall.com or call 216-781-7625. — Terry Jozwiak

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