Legendary rock ‘n’ roll artist June Millington will be giving a rare, intimate performance and book signing for her new autobiography, Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock N Roll World, at Fanny’s House of Music in Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday, October 11 from 5 p.m. 7 p.m.
Millington is a founding member of seventies rock ‘n’ roll band Fanny, regarded as the first all female band to sign a major label contract and release a full length album of original songs. The distinction is necessary, as there were other all female rock bands signed to majors for singles both original and non during the sixties, but it was Fanny’s 1970 selftitled album on Reprise that was first on all fronts. They are the point of reference for women who play, write and tour in a rock n roll band.
Though her musical career spans five decades, Millington has spent the
latter part as the artistic director of The Institute for the Musical Arts, a twenty-five acre retreat center and non-profit organization in Western Massachusetts that focuses on nurturing the artistic development for women and girls. The IMA boasts a recording studio, performance space, teaching facilities and year round programs. Millington’s book is five hundred thirty page chronicle of a life well lived, and has earned endorsements from Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray, and Early Slick, longtime guitar player for David Bowie.
When asked about her band’s title, Millington has said, “We really didn’t think of [the name Fanny] as a butt, a sexual term. We felt it was like a woman’s spirit watching over us” – a sentiment that speaks to the tensions for women at a time. In homage to the band, Fanny’s House of Music adopted the band’s name, and as direct descendants, are the only guitar retailer in America owned and operated by women.
Admission for this rare, special event is free and all ages. There will be very limited seating and the event is otherwise standing room only, so please get there early. The show is expected to be at capacity. Copies of Land will also be for sale, with profits benefiting the IMA. For more information about Fanny’s House of Music or the event, please contact Pamela Cole at (615) 750-5746, or by email at email@example.com.