This 'Good Girls Revolt' Soundtrack Curated By Star Genevieve Angelson Will Have You Grooving To The '60s Staples
On Friday, Oct. 28, Lynn Povich’s evocative account of workplace sexism in the 1960s will make its way to the small screen with the premiere of Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt . The series, based on Povich’s non-fiction novel of the same name, follows the female staff of the fictional News of the Week magazine as they fight to upend gender discrimination in the workplace. All that girl power should make for an ultra empowering score, but eager viewers might have a little trouble getting into the groove: the Good Girls Revolt soundtrack has yet to get an official release.
But not to fear, GGR star Genevieve Angelson, who plays free-spirited researcher Patti Robinson, has given Bustle an exclusive look at her hand-curated playlist for the show. The compilation draws from her character’s fierce nature, splicing together tunes from iconic ‘60s musicians like The Beatles, Van Morrison, and Diana Ross & The Supremes.
Angelson explains her selections in a statement. “This is Patti’s private song, for her own wild heart, seeking to be whole,” she says of Tim Buckley’s melancholic 1970 entry “Song To the Siren.” She called the Mamas & The Papas’ breezy 1967 track “Dedicated To the One I Love” one of those songs that “you'll attach to any guy you fall in love with but really they're just about your own feeling of love and longing.” She even made a cheeky reference to the impending presidential election, saying “the 2016 version would be called ‘Nasty Woman,'” of Cat Stevens’ romantic 1970 strummer “Hard Headed Woman.”
Internet sleuths can also find an unconfirmed soundtrack on IMDB. At only a nine-song count, it’s likely not the full first season collection, but it does provide a possible glimpse at the show’s musical motivation. The list is rife with ‘60s-era nostalgia, including The Rolling Stones’ hard-charging “Sympathy For the Devil,” The Doors’ psychedelic-driven “Light My Fire,” and Bob Dylan’s swaying ’67 ballad “I Shall Be Released.”
The soundtrack certainly sticks to relevant themes. “Light My Fire,” which skyrocketed The Doors to overnight fame, was appropriately inspired by singer Jim Morrison’s belief that the band was a “shooting star,” according to Rolling Stone. Another entry, Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” is aptly tied to ‘60s counterculture riots and has since become a well-known protest song. Most notably, “I Shall Be Released” is a poignant ode to the universal urge for freedom.
While you’re rocking out to these rise-up classics, I’ve also got a few fem-powered suggestions that would make excellent additions to the Good Girls Revolt playlist. Dolly Parton’s “Just Because I’m A Woman” and Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” would be the ultimate eff-yous to the News of the Week’s macho editors, while Helen Reddy’s anthemic “I Am Woman” could be a perfect theme song.
We’ll have to wait until the season launches to properly peruse the soundtrack. In the meantime, check out Angelson’s full playlist below. It will be available only on Amazon Music Unlimited starting Friday, Oct. 28.
1. “Gimme Shelter,” The Rolling Stones2. “Love is Like an Itching in My Heart,” Diana Ross & The Supremes3. “This Will Be Our Year,” The Zombies4. “Operator,” Jim Croce5. “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” Donovan6. “Sweet Thing,” Van Morrison7. “Just a Little Lovin’,” Dusty Springfield8. “Hard Headed Woman,” Cat Stevens9. “Levon,” Elton John10. “Golden Slumbers,” The Beatles11. “Over the Hill,” John Martyn12. “Dedicated to the One I Love,” The Mamas & Papas13. “Song to the Siren,” Tim Buckley14. “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida,” Iron Butterfly15. “White Room,” Cream16. “Many Rivers to Cross,” Jimmy Cliff17. “Good Lovin’,” Tommy James And the Shondells
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