Published on August 7th, 2013 | by Alan Cross


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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