June was the co-founder, singer, songwriter and lead guitar player of the rock group Fanny. In 1970, Fanny became the first all-female rock band to release an album on a major label. June also runs the Institute for Musical Arts, an organization she co-founded in 1986 to support women and girls in music and music-related business
June talks candidly about the racism she dealt with as a child growing up in the Philippines, and the ensuing struggles she had once she came here to America. Although the band was composed of incredibly talented musicians who made really cool rock and roll, unfortunately they were a bit ahead of their time. And the inability of mainstream America, to accept an all-girl band, prevented them from getting the recognition they deserved. As a result, June felt an ongoing and constant internal and external pressure on her, and she ultimately quite the band to try and figure out what this all meant, in the grand scheme of her life.
June and shared LOADS of cool stories about working with Dr. John, Cher, and Bonnie Raitt… her warm friendship with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Lowell George… embracing Buddhism and her ongoing journey of self-improvement and trying to figure it all out. Incredibly energetic conversation with an incredibly strong woman – an icon who helped change the face of music, this was a real treat