Rock'n Roll Pioneer June Millington to Release Autobiography
June Millington's Rock 'N Roll story, of a girl from the Philippines who with her sister started a band that became "the first" all-girl rock 'n roll band to be recognized as such internationally, is one only she can tell. It's the story of two immigrant girls who worked and played hard, tuned out the commonly accepted sexist slurs as well as the racism that informed the way most people initially ignored them, sang and played their asses off whenever and wherever they could and became the first all-female band to serve notice to the world that girls could sing and play ass-kicking rock 'n roll.
Millington has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $25,000 to support the promotion, design and collector's edition first run of her recently finished autiobiography detailing her childhood in the Philippines, her family's migration to the United States and the rock'n roll dream that carried her and her sister bass player Jean to Hollywood to form the groundbreaking all female rock band Fanny. Never one to sit by the wayside and wait for someone else to do the work for her, Millington is making sure this story, like so much of women's history, does not get buried or told by someone else. All proceeds from the autobiography will go to support the work Millington currently does for women and girls in music through the IMA which she co-founded and of which she is currently Artistic Director. The Kickstarter campaign ends onSeptember 11th.
The Institute for the Musical Arts is a nonprofit with a mission to support women and girls in the field of music and music-related business. It is located in Western Massachusetts on a 200 year-old farmsted with a large barn that has been converted into a recording, performance and residential teaching facility. In addition to summer programs for girls and young women, IMA offers concerts and workshops year-round that unless otherwise noted are open to the public.