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Women take the spotlight at NAMM's She Rock Awards
Women take the spotlight at NAMM's She Rock Awards

Historically it has not been easy to rally women in the music industry around any cause that resembles feminism. After all, females tend to succeed in male-dominated fields by being intensely individualistic pioneers, Sarah Palin-style. The key to advancement is to bond with the men who run things, and to separate yourself from the pack of “typical girls.” There are few trades more male-dominated than music-instrument manufacturing, music merchandising and music retail. Those are precisely the trades that gather every year in the shadow of Disneyland for the sprawling showbiz bacchanal known as the NAMM (National Assn. of Music Merchants) Show, taking place at the Anaheim...

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