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The State of the Rock Chick: Individual Style or Manufactured Fashion?

Rachel Felder, Vanity Fair, 10 April 2014

AS USUAL, this year's Coachella lineup includes a handful of female artists – like Haim, Lorde, and Lana Del Rey – who look as good as they sound. But none has yet mastered the easy cool embodied by rock's founding females. Raising a metaphoric middle finger to overly made-up, costumey artists, women like Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, and Chrissie Hynde have more in common with Led Zeppelin than, say, Lesley Gore. And unlike Miley Cyrus or Lady Gaga, these influential women got (and get) a reaction without even a hint of calculation.

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