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Published on August 7th, 2013 | by Alan Cross

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Rock Star Moms and the Demands of the Family

How does someone like Gwen Stefani do it?  They don’t–and they’re okay with not being able to do everything. From TIME:

No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani claims it is “not possible” to have it all as a working mother. She admitted to British ELLE that she had missed work events so she would be at home when her children started the new school year. The rock star-fashion designer says: “There are always days that somebody suffers. The only thing I really worry about is …how do I do this and that?” She added, “I’ve missed the last couple of fashion weeks because of school. I can’t leave the kids, I can’t miss the first week of kindergarten. I just can’t.

It’s a sentiment that Corin Tucker, of Sleater-Kinney and the Corin Tucker Band, echoes. She told TIME, “I certainly wouldn’t ever advise a young woman (or anyone) in rock that having a child and being a touring musician would be a breeze. It’s really really hard,” she said via email. “I think canceling a tour if your child needs you is absolutely valid, of course. I would do the same if I needed to.”

Not even Madonna can escape these challenges.

Read on.





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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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