Turn on your computer. Go to YouTube. Type in "Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp" and be amazed. You'll instantly discover dozens of bands you've never heard of. Some of them are playing cover songs like the English Muffins, who pay crunchy homage to the White Stripes. Others show off original tunes, such as Try a Little Harder, who rip through a number called "The Most Popular Misfit." None of these performances are particularly tight. Some are rather bumpy. But each raucous burst of electrified noise becomes an inspiration when you consider that none of these bands have played together for longer than a week and each one is composed of girls from ages 10 to 17 who may or may not have played an instrument before arriving at camp.
If you want to know more about how a bunch of girls can come together and make a band, a song, and a group of lifelong friends in less than a week, you'll want to visit the Brooks Museum on July 17th at 6:30 p.m. for a screening of Girls Rock!. Or better yet, check out the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp at Hutchison School August 4th through 9th.
"Girls Rock!" at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Thursday, July 17th, at 6:30 p.m. The screening is free for museum members, $7 for nonmembers. For more information on the Southern Girls Rock and Roll camp, see sgrrc.org.