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Carole Pope of Rough Trade
Carole Pope is the original rocker who continues to shake the foundations of complacency. Her music and her writing attract people interested in a jolt of reality from a woman who speaks her mind on feminism and cultural awareness.
TimeOut New York recently described her as "legendary Canadian lesbian rocker Carole Pope" which compliments the fact that her album "Avoid Freud" was named one of the best albums by a female singer-songwriter alongside albums by Joni Mitchell and k.d. lang.
This anti-establishment and counter-culture performer has been recognized by the music industry with three Juno Awards [the Canadian Grammy], several independent music awards and a Genie Award [the Canadian Oscar].
Rough Trade, the band which Pope fronted, received four Gold and two Platinum records which include the two # 1 hit singles of "High School Confidential" and "All Touch", the latter charting longer than any Beatles' single in Australia. Known for their on-stage provocations, Rough Trade ushered Canada from the punk movement of the 1970s to the new wave sound of the 1980s, and vaulted themselves into the international music scene. With their stage presence and lyrics, Rough Trade jolted Canadian culture out of its provincial state and into a mature dialog. In recognition of their influence, Rough Trade was inducted into the Canadian Indie Hall of Fame in 2007.
As a solo recording artist, Pope's solo recordings Transcend(2007) and the Radiate (1996) confirm her place in the evolution of alternative/new wave music. Pope's solo cover of the band's early hit "High School Confidential" for the "Queer as Folk" soundtrack introduced the rocker to a new generation. Pope's other film score contributions include the cult classic "Cruising", Atom Egoyan's "The Adjuster", Jeremy Podeswa's "The 5 Senses" and the soundtracks of "The L Word" and "Trailer Park Boys". Pope appeared, alongside Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Moby, in the film about rock star vampires entitled "Suck", which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and received its theatrical release in the U.S. in September 2010.
Carole Pope is currently an Ambassador for the The Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School in New York City and is a Board Director for the Songwriters Association of Canada.
Carole Pope resides in New York City. Her autobiography "Anti Diva" [Random House] has been optioned for a film and is currently in development.
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