Photo of Tetes Noires by Catherine Settanni

Camille Gage ’97 recently wrote an essay on TPT Originals about her experience with Têtes Noires, one of Minnesota's first all-female rock bands.

The band is known for mashed up a capella covers of songs such as Billy Idol's "White Wedding" and The Shirelle's "Soldier Boy." Têtes Noires melded untamed musical curiosity, performance art, and a folk punk sensibility without a lot of intellectualizing. They provoked and muscially taunted, raising questions of being a folk band, an alt-rock band, or a “New Wave Andrews Sisters”, as Minneapolis writer Marty Keller asserted. 

Being a member of one of the first all-female bands in the state and the nation was exciting, frustrating and, looking back now, one of the proudest moments of my life. It’s only with the benefit of hindsight that I realize how important our journey had been. We made music we loved, took our careers seriously and blazed a trail for the many women who followed.—Gage 

Gage believes women in politics, women in sports, and women in music have come a long way but still have a long way to go. To all the women currently making music, she says, “Rock on!”

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