MUSIC: Rock Goes Coed

For the first time, it's common for men and women to play together as equals, and the music will never be the same

The basic model for a rock-'n'-roll band has always been four buddies playing guitars and drums. That all-male unit has been fundamental -- rock's version of the nuclear family. And where have women fit in? Often as the girlfriends about whom misogynistic lyrics could be written. Women have sung in girl groups (usually packaged by a male Svengali); they have served as the comely, tambourine-rapping vocalists in otherwise all-male bands; or, like Madonna, they have achieved success as sexy solo divas. But for most of rock's history, women have never been full, chord-crunching, songwriting partners with men in real rock groups....

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