Mountain Moving Day
In the Realm of Utopian DesireNaomi Weisstein

The Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band pioneered in challenging everything about male rock and roll. Using comedy, satire, and a diversity of song styles, it overturned the grim macho of a standard rock performance. Audiences danced and shouted and sang along with it, and when the performance was over, still shouting, the audience stormed the stage, hugging the band members and their instruments and sometimes even the amplifiers.
But the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band went further than just confronting pig rock. Every time it played, the band summoned up the ecstasy of a utopian vision of a world without hierarchy and domination. Audience and performer, gay and straight, two-year-olds and eighty-two-year-olds, black teenage girls and Latino transvestites: for a moment in history as brief as a shiver, we were, all of us, transformed and astonished.- Naomi Weisstein, former Rock Band member

Who we are and how we got here The liner notes to the 1972 vinyl LP.

"One By One You're Gonna Know Our Power" : The Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band and the Politics of Cultural Transformation A 2004 seminar paper from University of Chicago student Hillary Resor.

Suffragette City A brief history of the Rock Band by Ben Kim which originally appeared in Chicago's New City alternative paper in 1994.

Listen Online
The Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band along with its sister group the New Haven Women's Liberation Rock Band, made a vinyl album called Mountain Moving Day. You may listen to the entire album in Quicktime format. You may download Quicktime here.

Download all of the songs in MP3 format
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Song Lyrics
Lyrics for the Chicago and New Haven songs are available.

Band Photos, Graphics and Video

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