Musica, issue number 6


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 from the 3rd National Women's Music Festival, Michigan Women's Festival, 3rd annual Colorado Women's Festival, Music West; Next National Women's Music Festival; publications with news of women's music; Songwriters Resources and Services; San Francisco festival; interview with Jerene Jackson; Joan Lowe; new women's music recordings; women's music group news; Ladyslipper Music; report on discrimination in the music world; women in orchestras; performer and group contacts; about Musica.








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Allen, Indra, “Musica, issue number 6,” Rainbow History Project Digital Collections, accessed July 24, 2024,

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