TOYAH, PJ HARVEY, MARIANNE FAITHFULL, STACEY Q, MADONNA & MORE - PLUS GOODBYE FOR NOW
So this blog has been away a lot longer than I originally intended! Much of August was a proper "switch off", away from the laptop, less time on the phone, and although I had great plans to read more books, it didn't quite happen (although I'm two thirds of the way through The Authority Gap: Why Women Are Still Taken Less Seriously Than Men And What We Can Do About It, which I'm thoroughly enjoying and would recommend for anyone looking for some non-fiction). I also listened to almost no music for the month of August, I went for walks without headphones for possibly the first time since I got my first Walkman in the eighties. The three songs I did seek out over the summer, however, were: Beyoncé's 'Break My Soul - The Queens Remix' with Madonna, PJ Harvey's cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Who By Fire' from the TV series Bad Sisters and First Aid Kit's cover of Don Henley's 'Boys Of Summer'. I'm classing them all as eligible reissues so have added them to the Reissues By Women Spotify playlist.
The regular readers amongst you will notice that this is not a Tuesday, and there are a number of reasons for that. Partly because it took me a bit longer than I had planned to get back into the swing of things after my break (it's already mid-September...). But also, because although this marks the return of the blog after the summer break, the blog is not actually going to be coming back on a regular basis. In a nutshell, after a period with significantly reduced commitments, I discovered that maybe a reduction in commitments might be something to think about more generally and I've decided to make some changes to how I am using my time. This blog was a lockdown project, and I have absolutely loved how it has helped change my thinking towards a more diverse attitude in seeking out music. But two years on from when I first had the idea for Reissues By Women, and with lockdown over (I hope), I am increasingly less at home, and I am increasingly interested in spending a bit less time on my laptop or my phone.
So with that in mind, I wanted to do a bit of a round-up of things happening at the moment, both recently out and soon to come, as well as a few longer-range things that have just been announced, before this blog goes into some kind of hibernation.
Those who follow me on Instagram may have seen that I shared an early glimpse of the Blondie Against The Odds 1974-1982 box set that came out last month, and recalled a little mini-rant from the end of last year about how few big box sets get made for female artists. And I was most excited to see this comment in response: