Madwomen out of the attic & on the stage

In honour of PJ Harvey who just became the first person to ever win the Mercury Prize twice (woooo yaaaaaaay!), here are my five favourite madwomen in music. Each of these incredible musicians has never been afraid of letting their inner souls scream out, making music that is primal and passionate. When pop starlets still seem compelled to wriggle and grind their way to the top of the charts, it’s important to remember that it’s the weirdos who make music that lasts. Their songs can be sexy, haunting, angry, tender and searing. They are painfully, brutally honest, spilling their guts out in each song. These ‘madwomen’ are the ones to cherish.There’s something about these women that is so raw and fearless, in another age you could easily imagine them being locked up in attics or asylums for being ‘hysterical’ and you sometimes get the sense that through their music they are unleashing centuries of repressed female rage, singing and screeching and howling for the women in history who had to stay silent.

I’m sure I’ve missed plenty out so come on, don’t be shy, tell us who is your favourite crazy lady in music and why?

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Co-founder and co-editor of Pamflet. Bookworm, bluestocking, Brown Owl. Loves Garconnes style, reading, writing, ranting and raving. Gin snob.
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Co-founder and co-editor of Pamflet. Bookworm, bluestocking, Brown Owl. Loves Garconnes style, reading, writing, ranting and raving. Gin snob.

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