June and Jean Millington are playing ‘like a girl’

By From page A11 | September 25, 2011

June and Jean Millington will promote their new CD, "Play Like a Girl," at a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Tickets are $20 each. The sisters grew up in Sacramento; June attended UC Davis and Jean lives in Davis with her family. Courtesy photo

June and Jean Millington, founding members of the pioneering rock band Fanny, come to Winters at 8 p.m. Saturday to promote their new CD, “Play Like a Girl.”

It’s a special homecoming performance at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. The sisters started their first all-girl band at McClatchy High in Sacramento, June attended UC Davis and Jean lives in Davis with her family.

From their first band, The Svelts, they went on to co-found Fanny, one of the first all-female rock bands to be signed to a major label (Warner Brothers in 1969). While the Runaways and the Go Go’s are remembered as some of the earliest all-female rock bands, Fanny actually pre-dated them all.

For five years, the band recorded and toured, greeted first by skepticism and then by national and international acclaim. They played with everyone from Jethro Tull to the Staple Singers and their existence and popularity was instrumental to the rise of the female bands that followed.

Said David Bowie in Rolling Stone magazine in 1999: “One of the most important female bands in American rock has been buried without a trace. And that is Fanny. They were one of the finest … rock bands of their time, in about 1973.

“They were extraordinary … They’re as important as anybody else who’s ever been, ever; it just wasn’t their time. Revivify Fanny. And I will feel that my work is done.”

June went on to be involved in the women’s music movement and co-founded the Institute for the Musical Arts. Initially located in Bodega, Calif., the IMA is now in Goshen, Mass.

IMA is a teaching, performing and recording facility dedicated to supporting women and girls in music and music-related business. As part of its mission, IMA runs summer rock programs for girls and young women.

This latest CD, “Play Like a Girl” is for the girls. As June says, “If they tell you you can’t do it, you just turn it up and play like a girl …”

Tickets are $20, available at Armadillo Music, 205 F St. in Davis; Watermelon Music, 527 Main St. in Woodland; and Pacific Ace Hardware, 35 Main St. in Winters. Tickets also will be sold at the door if available.

For more information, visit www.palmsplayhouse.com or call (530) 795-1825.

Enterprise staff

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