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June Millington of Fanny

Nov 4, 2018

1st all women’s band signed to a major label

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Join us for an afternoon of story & song with June Millington one of the Godmothers of rock as she reads from her autobiography "Land of a Thousand Bridges" and shares her music with us.

June Millington has been making music since she was a child playing ukulele in her native Philippines. Having moved from Manila to California in the early sixties, she and her sister, bassist Jean, turned in their folk guitars for electric and formed a succession of all-girl bands. By ‘69 they were in Hollywood with their band Fanny, which was the first all women’s rock band to be signed to a major label that released an entire album (Reprise/Warner Brothers). Through five successful albums and extensive touring of Europe and North America, Fanny served notice that women could do more than simply sing, they could write and play passionate rock ‘n roll. As David Bowie said of the group in an interview with Rolling Stone:

“ They were one of the finest f**king rock bands of their time.... They were extraordinary: They wrote everything, they played like motherf**kers.... They are as important as anyone else who’s ever been, ever....” (RS, January 2000)

June left Fanny in 1973 and continued to record and perform with Jean (Ladies on the Stage, Ticket to Wonderful, Melting Pot, Play Like a Girl) as well as releasing solo albums Heartsong, Running, and One World, One Heart.  In 1976 she toured with Cris Williamson on her first groundbreaking national tour backing the explosive Changer and the Changed.  She produced Cris' followup, Strange Paradise, and continued with other artists including Holly Near (Fire in the Rain), Mary Watkins (Something Moving), Melanie DeMore (Share My Song), and Bitch and Animal (Sour Juice and Rhyme).  She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Institute for the Musical Arts [IMA], a non-profit organization for women and girls which hosts Rock ‘n Roll Girls Camps each summer. The Institute for the Musical Arts is an internationally known teaching, performing and recording facility supporting women in music and music-related business.  

June released her autobiography “Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock ‘n Roll World” in June of 2015 and has received a great deal of resulting press including articles in Pitchfork, MS Magazine, and Newsweek as well as on NPR.  Millington continues to perform, write and record and teaches at IMA as well as colleges and universities around North America.