Musica, issue number 4


Native Washingtonian Indra "Indy' Allen performed as a songwriter, guitarist and singer in her own right. In 1973 she released one of the earliest feminist record albums, Loner, produced by Cell 16. In the early Spring of 1974, about the time that the Olivia music collective organized in Washington, DC, Indra Allen began publishing a newsletter, Musica, chronicling the performers, venues, and issues of women's music. Though the publication began in Washington, DC and gave news of women's music developments in that area, its scope was truly national. Musica appears to have begun shortly before the Women's Soul Collective's publication "Paid My Dues." A decade after "Musica's" start, Toni Armstrong Jr. created the next indispensable guide to women's music, "Hot Wire." "Musica" is an important resource for students, researchers, and members of the general public interested in the early days of US women's music. "Musica" is also important to LGBTQ research for its coverage of lesbian artists nationwide.



News of women's bands and other groups (Isis, Bebe K'Roche, Berkeley Women's Music Collective, Earth, New Haven Woment's Liberation Rock Band, Raw Honey, Baby Grand, Deadly Nightshade, B S Sugar, Arlington Street Women's Caucus, Victoria Woodhull Marching Band, IND Strong Quartet); artist news; coverage of the first National Women's Music Festival; Amazon Music Project; women's music in the coffeehouses; Feminist Radio Network; Lima Bean Records; Olivia Records news; Musicians Network; Songbooks; Womantalent Productions; Wildwest Production Company; performer and group contacts.








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Allen, Indra, “Musica, issue number 4,” Rainbow History Project Digital Collections, accessed July 12, 2024,

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