Sunday, January 27, 2013

Maggie Mae, mother of rock

YouTube makes it very easy to take an isolated snippet of obscure video, preferably one taken from a cheap European variety show made in the 1970s and then make some sort of snap judgement about Czech or Finnish popular culture entirely based on the odd people dancing badly. Surely it’s more generous to use such oddities to create an alternative history of popular music, especially when one doesn’t actually know much about the performers in question; Maggie Mae, for example, doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page to call her own. So I can make up a history, recasting her as a punk pioneer, a precursor of such quirky, awkward, unclassifiable divas as Nina Hagen, Lene Lovich, Mary Margaret O’Hara and, um, her out of Daisy Chainsaw. And then suggest that with glasses like that she could also have been pretty high up in the Baader-Meinhof gang. Take it away, Mags!

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