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Ronnie Spector Praised by NPR: "It's Time To Recognize The Ronettes As Rock And Roll Pioneers" - U.S. tour is set; Soon to Appear in AARP Magazine
(Published: March 27, 2018)

For Immediate Release                                                    
March 27, 2018

Ronnie Spector Praised by NPR: "It's Time To Recognize The Ronettes As Rock And Roll Pioneers"

Iconic Singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee is Cover Story in March Edition of LI Woman Magazine

Spector Soon to be Featured in AARP Magazine, the #1 Print Outlet in the World  

In a lengthy NPR Music ‘Turning the Tables' article, writer Hilarie Ashton assesses iconic singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Spector's early appearances and her lasting impact as a rock trailblazer. Entitled It's Time To Recognize The Ronettes As Rock And Roll Pioneers, the reverential essay begins with a reference to The Ronettes' 1963 performance of ‘Be My Baby' on Dick Clark's American Bandstand (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgWVis3_wPM ). Ashton observes, "Ronnie Spector's voice, with her Spanish Harlem accent, cuts through the layers of drums and jangles of the Wall of Sound arrangement. Her facial expressions add an extra layer of sass. Rather than doing exactly what's expected of her, she's subtly shifting the terms of acceptable, modest femininity, rebelling just like a rock star."    

Read the full story, here:
NPR - It's Time To Recognize The Ronettes As Rock And Roll Pioneers
By Hilarie Ashton March 12, 2018

Spector is also the Cover Story interview in the March, 2018 Edition of Long Island Woman Magazine - By David Lefkowitz: "Her voice, which an A.V. Club writer once described as "part New York tough chic, part tender-girl vulnerability," has thrilled rockers as vaunted as John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Bruce Springsteen and Joey Ramone; while her story, of rising to stardom only to escape the clutches of an insanely jealous husband, has served as a lesson in starting over to myriad women."   Read the full interview, here: https://issuu.com/longislandwoman/docs/march18issuu

In the months ahead, Spector will be featured in AARP Magazine, the #1 consumer magazine in America. It's the latest in a series of significant placements for the singer, as she cements her role as "the Rosetta Stone for female rock performers of today." Other press highlights include a raucous and sometimes raunchy appearance on Bravo TV's ‘Watch What Happens Live' with Andy Cohen, during which Spector shared stories of her extraordinary career, including tales of Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie, tended bar, serenaded the audience with snippets of her classic songs, and saw the host become fanboy, as Andy Cohen pulled out his cellphone to film Spector as she sang a cappella during intros and outros of commercial breaks. Get a sense of the appearance, which featured guests Tiffany Haddish and Cynthia Bailey, here:

In recent months, Spector has been featured twice by People Magazine (which lauded her as "the original rock queen,") Billboard Magazine named ‘Be My Baby' as the #1 Greatest Girl Group Song of All Time, NPR included Spector's 1964 debut at #20 on their 150 Greatest Albums of the Rock Era, Made by Female Artist, and more. Here's a photo from her recent visit with SiriusXM Radio's legendary DJ Cousin Brucie.
As a follow-up to her popular, annual Christmas tour, Spector is back in the studio (details will be announced soon,) and has a busy 2018 summer/fall/winter tour schedule in the works. Dates will feature the Ultimate Girl Group, ‘Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes', their first appearances together since the 1970s. Fans can expect hit-filled concerts, including "Be My Baby," "Walking In The Rain," "Baby I Love You", cult gems, a splash of doo-wop, multi-media elements, never-before-seen video footage, plenty of inimitable off-the-cuff commentary and more.

2018 tour dates include:
April 14           Count Basie Theatre               Red Bank, NJ
July 20             The Theatre at Westbury      Westbury, NY
Aug 2              The Canyon                                     Agoura Hills, CA
Aug 3             The Canyon                          Santa Clarita, CA
Aug 4             The Rose                            Pasadena, CA
Aug 5             The Coach House                   San Juan Capistrano, CA
Aug 10             Rio Theatre                             Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 11             The Center for the Arts        Grass Valley, CA
Aug 12            Stern Grove Festival                         San Francisco, CA
Sept 2             Copper Country Festival       Copper, CO
Sept 7             Gobbler Theatre                    Johnson Creek, WI
Sept 9             Hard Rock Casino                   Cleveland, OH
Oct 13                         Town Hall                             NYC
Stay updated on Spector's schedule, here: http://www.ronniespector.com/shows/

For Ronnie Spector, the new NPR feature, the Bravo TV/Andy Cohen appearance, LI Woman cover story and the upcoming AARP Magazine interview (as well as other key announcements to be shared soon,) are the latest highlights in a current stretch described by People Magazine as a ‘Victory Lap'. Spector's busy 2017/18 has included the release of ‘LOVE POWER', her first single recorded with The Ronettes in decades, a commanding performance at Lincoln Center, an appearance on FOX-TV's Good Day New York, a Main Stage performance at SF Pride and more. The acclaimed singer was also presented with the Legend Award by The Woman's International Music Network at their "She Rocks Award" ceremony. In addition, ‘Be My Baby' has been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, preserved as a work of historical and cultural significance, and is also now an official addition to the Grammy Hall of Fame.

As a seminal force in Sixties Rock, Spector's swagger, moxie and trademark voice (still instantly recognizable from the first note,) defined an era. Now in her sixth decade as a performer, Spector has reached a new level of cultural significance. Critical respect is at its peak, and she continues to thrill -- inspiring and empowering a new generation of fans as an enduring, transcendent figure, who has overcome adversity to build a career that is nothing short of remarkable. Much as B.B. King came to embody the blues, or Chuck Berry was to early Rock ‘n Roll, Spector has solidified her status as the Rosetta Stone for female rock performers of today.

People Magazine - Interview feature:
Ronnie Spector's Victory Lap: The Original Rock Queen Talks New Music and Reviving the Ronettes   By Jordan Runtagh, 6/24/17

People Magazine's Exclusive Premiere of ‘LOVE POWER':

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