Musica, issue number 5


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.



Tapes of 1st National Women's Music Festival, Casse Culver, Womenfolk song project; new records; sources for buying women's music; news of women's music groups: Be Be K'Roche; Lilith; Raw Honey, Berkeley Women's Music
Collective, and others; news of 2nd National Women's Music Festival and plans for the 3rd; Womens' Music Network; Women's Music Communications Network; Women in Distribution; performer and group contacts; guide to producing concerts; new publications; Creative Women in the Arts.








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Allen, Indra, “Musica, issue number 5,” Rainbow History Project Digital Collections, accessed June 25, 2024,

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