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Phoebe Snow Dies At 58 – Songstress, Artist, Mother

Phoebe Snow of “Poetry Man” song fame died today at the age of 58 – but oh, ‘Poetry Man’ is not what defined her. She was the mother to a daughter who suffered afixiation at birth, and lived with her until her death.

She was briefly married to Phil Kearns, and, in December 1975, gave birth to a severely brain-injured daughter, Valerie. Snow resolved not to institutionalize her but instead care for her at home, which she did until Valerie died on March 18, 2007 at the age of 31. Snow’s efforts to care for Valerie greatly and negatively affected her professional career, nearly ending it; it also adversely affected her personal life.

She talks about how hard it was to sing after her daughter died. Her friend Linda Ronstadt told her that she had to sing about Valerie. In Phoebe’s performances, she  dedicated a song she originally wrote for her mother, for her daughter.

The lyrics, “Everything good I am you taught me. Everything good I am” illustrate her devotion to her daughter and her music is a testimony to the extraordinary woman she was. May her music and legacy live on. A donation has been made to the Motherhood Museum in honor of Phoebe Snow and her astounding courage as a woman and a mother, by Joy Rose…..

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Award-Winning Momz Hot Rocks Screens In California

DOCUMENTAL shows films at the Unurban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90404, 310-315-0056, free admission
Info: 310-306-7330 Laughtears.com

MON, April 11, 2011. MOMZ HOT ROCKS (90m) at 8pm. Kate Perotti’s jubilant film documents the trials and tribulations of small-time rock bands composed entirely of women who happen to be moms. Momz Hot Rocks shows how this particular generation of women (now in their 40s) are mediating the identities of “mom” and “rocker” and shifting them at the same time. It’s best viewed while keeping in mind that male musicians have historically enjoyed the freedom of being as punk-rock as they want to be without the question of whether they’ve had a child being relevant. The documentary brings to light some juicy feminist questions about autonomy, female archetypes, generational differences and deeper cultural values and assumptions. Filmmaker Q&A to follow.http://www.momzhotrocks.com/