A WORD FROM THE NEST with John Westhaver: ON EQUAL FOOTING – Kicking Down the Doors of Rock for Decades.


When I heard “48 Crash” in 1973, I bought Suzi Quatro’s first LP. When I heard The Runaways “Cherry Bomb” in 1976, I bought their album. When I heard Patti Smith’s “Horses” I bought her album. When I heard X-Ray Spex, X, The Rezillos, Girlschool and Bow Wow Wow a few years after that, I bought their albums as well. Hey man, women RAWK!



7188XIPRTsL._SL1069_Bikini Girl’s “Rebel Girl” is as punk rock as it gets. Then there’s Annette Peacock, Betty Davis, Carmen Maki, Maureen Tucker, Renate Knaup , Inga Rumpf, Brigiitte Fontaine, Poison Ivy, Miriam Linna, Toody Cole, Kendra Smith, Hope Sandoval, Chicaloyoh, Mushy, Isobel Sollenberger; I could go on and and on, woman truly do rock.

As near as I can tell, and in my opinion, women are and have been on equal footing in my world of music, which has spanned more than a couple of decades. RESPECT!JOHN



(John Westhaver is the owner/operator of one of the world’s finest record shops; Birdman Sound.  This is the place you go to find the stuff you can’t find anywhere else.  This shop feels more curated by music guides who want to widen your musical horizons, than sell you shit that will just collect dust on your shelf or clog up your smartphone.  Pretty much exclusively vinyl, Birdman Sound has been helping us stay connected with the bands the mall stores just don’t give a fuck about, and he’s been at it for over 20 years now.  Check out Birdman Sound here.  John also plays with a fantastic free-flowing psych-rock band known as The Band Whose Name is a Symbol (TBWNIS) who have recording and released 8 vinyl only LPs in 6 years.  This is a seriously good friggin’ band and you should check out their stuff here.)