Marin IJ Article,
Magazine, "Female Rock" April 1971
one outfit so far that can compete with top-level male band quality is
Joy of Cooking,
it is only partly female. The group is owned and led by two
Garthwaite, a tough rock singer, plays electric guitar
and sings with a scratchy
that can suggest Janis Joplin. Her partner,
Toni Brown, a pretty Bennington
sings, stomps around the stage, plays
electric piano and organ, and writes
about what it is like to be a woman
("Time goes, and the baby keeps growin',
I can't help knowin', baby I
love you"). The girls —backed by three males, Fritz
27, drums, Ron
Wilson, 37, congas, and Jeff Neighbor, 28, bass—produce a
mixture of blues, wailing gospel and riffs of pure country, folk and
all curiously overlaid with Latin conga rhythms.
(photo by Annie Leibovitz)
of Cooking does best on Only Time Will Tell Me, a
gospel song written by Toni and
by Terry, and Castles, which ends with the
two girls twining their voices in a long,
scramble of Afro scat singing.
album, just released by Capitol, is slowly climbing the charts.
is getting ready for a nationwide tour. It has been a long wait for
Toni formed their outfit in 1967, but for four years they played mainly
schools and local dives. "I guess we're not as aggressive as we would
be if we were
Toni explains. "We stuck together, though, partly because women have a
and they're just not saying it in music."
Mandrake's, the Berkeley nightclub where Joy got its real commercial
start, male patrons
occasionally jump on the stage, grab the instruments from the girls and
try to take over.
general, fees were lower than for comparable male groups too. For a
while, it looked as
Joy of Cooking might remain one of America's thousands of unknown
"party" bands. At
point, Terry and Toni were actually forced to revert to making and
selling dresses to
the gigs are rolling in, along with good money and praise from critics.
It remains to
seen, though, if the male-dominated world of rock music is really ready
for Women's Lib."
the cookbook that gave them their name, the Joy of Cooking is
still very useful on a
daily basis. They could take a piece
strech it out for 5, 8 minutes thanks to their sense of
interplay, and not make it seem like an exercise in ego the
guitar solo might be,
but, rather, a service for people having
here for the NPR CD review
and Terry were the leaders of the Joy of Cooking, and pioneers in
the role of the serious woman musician. ...in their
time, Joy of Cooking garnered considerable
respect and was extrememly
influential ... Their easy going style, which drew its inspiration from
bluegrass, blues and jazz, was delivered with exceptional
and confidence, both on record and in live performace."