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Girls Rock, Literally

Girls Rock, Literally

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I'm a HUGE fan of rock music — hard rock, indie-rock, blues-rock, rock & roll, you name it. I mean, who can resist the guitar stylings of Eric Clapton from his days in Cream, or the powerhouse combination of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards? Anytime I flip on ZZ Top's "La Grange" or hear "Baba O'Riley" by The Who, I feel like I can conquer the world. The only downside is that there are very few women in high profile rock bands. Rolling Stone's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" included only two women: Joni Mitchell and Joan Jett.* Thankfully, that picture appears to be changing. There's a music camp in Portland, Oregon called Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls where girls age 8 to 18 can spend a week at a time learning how to play electric guitars, bang drums, and write lyrics. Filmmakers Arne Johnson and Shane King spent a week trailing some of the girls, and chronicled their experiences in a documentary called Girls Rock. We'll have the director and one of the stars from the film on the show today. And we want to hear from girls that rock, literally. Tell us your stories here.

* Here's a supplementary list of the greatest female guitarists of all time.

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