Pat Benatar: Breaking Ground For Female Icons

Robin Bacior :: Monday, June 14th, 2010 5:00 pm

Long before Lady Gaga or Rihanna were holding the masses eyes’ wide with their wild wear, sharp dance moves and aggressive lyrics, Pat Benatar was doing the grunt work, paving the way for girls who wanted to be rock stars.

The ’80s queen will release her memoir tomorrow, Between A Heart And A Rock Place. I’m still a little unsure of the title. It’s the most inane profundity I’ve heard in a while. It’s only slightly better than Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequences but so slight. Why didn’t they just make it easy for everyone call it Pat Benatar: Heartbreaker. Wait, is that better?

Anyway, Between A Heart And A Rock Place centers around her trials as a woman making her mark in music, a male-dominated industry. With four grammies under her belt and loads of memorable hits like “Love Is A Battlefield” and “We Belong,” she can look back and talk openly about what a struggle it was to make a name for herself as an independent artist, making giant leaps like being the first solo female rocker to play on MTV. Moves like that led to her status today as one of the top-selling female artists of all time, and the industry is less of a battlefield for the ladies. You’re welcome, Gaga.