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Playlist: Jewish Ladies Who Rock

Need an escape from the seemingly never-ending avalanche of bad news? Want tunes to pump you up as you prepare to vote, knock on doors, and organize? Put in your headphones, and press play. Allow the comfortingly familiar piano chords of track one, Vanessa Carlton’s certified jam “A Thousand Miles,” to transport you. Whether you’re “making your way downtown, walking fast,” or just “lying here,” there’s a song in this playlist for everyone. From early 1900s performers like Sophie Tucker, to modern acts like Yemenite sister-band, A-WA, to powerhouse singer-songwriters like Carole King, this playlist is full of Jewish ladies who rock, croon, yell, and belt their hearts out.

To quote the immortal words of Merrill Beth Nisker, aka Peaches, “Listen up!”

Track List

1. Vanessa Carlton - “A Thousand Miles”

2. Girls in Trouble - “Rubies”

3. Lesley Gore - “You Don’t Own Me”

4. Sophie Tucker - “I Ain’t Takin’ orders from No One”

5. HAIM - “Nothing’s Wrong”

6. Amy Winehouse - “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

7. Eydie Gormé - “Sabor a Mí”

8. Veruca Salt - “Volcano Girls”

9. A-WA - “Habib Galbi”

10. Carly Simon - “You’re So Vain”

11. Carole King - “You’ve Got a Friend”

12. Helen Reddy - “I Am Woman”

13. Sleater-Kinney - “No Cities To Love”

14. illuminati hotties - “Pressed 2 Death”

15. Jenny Lewis - “Just One Of The Guys”

16. Regina Spektor - “Blue Lips”

17. Dinah Shore - “I’ll Walk Alone”

18. Peaches - “Boys Wanna Be Her”

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Peaches in Seattle
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Merrill Beth Nisker, aka Peaches, performing at The Showbox in Seattle, WA on October 7, 2015. Photo courtesy of Seattle Music News.
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Long, Rebecca. "Playlist: Jewish Ladies Who Rock." 5 November 2018. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on November 19, 2018) <>.


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