Helen Reddy was lying in bed, her career going nowhere special, when something remarkable happened.
The lines: ‘I am woman/hear me roar’ popped into her subconscious, words she was convinced were ‘delivered’ to her by a higher force.
Fortunately, she had a notepad handy. The rest is history.
This month marks the 40th anniversary of ‘I Am Woman’, a song that became the anthem of a powerful and vibrant social force — the so-called ‘women’s movement’ — that scared the pants off those who still believed women belonged in the bedroom.
Strong willed and outspoken, Reddy was quite the force herself, the perfect spokeswoman.
‘I Am ...