The person who first declared "The Personal is Political" would be hard-pressed to find a public figure either more political or more personal than Angela Maria DiFranco. That’s been the case for her entire career, which has changed in just about every other way. It started in small clubs and coffeehouses in 1989, when word of mouth began to spread about the little girl, too young to really be in the room, with the big guitar and the bigger voice.
Country music was a nice world until Willie Nelson showed up. It was full to the Stetson-brim of proper men and women wearing button-up shirts, pressed jackets and shiny boots. Braids down his back and a blunt in his hand, that's more Willie-style. A genius songwriter with a gritty sound and the laid-back singing style of a jazzman, he's never made a secret of being a fast-living guy. Nashville just did not know what to do with him. It took some serious detouring to get him to where he is today.
How did Mavis Staples become a rock star? There are quite a few examples of women who first found their voice in the church. Gospel roots were behind the rightfully celebrated pipes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Katy Perry, Faith Hill. These women made their mark at the top of the charts for Pop, R&B, Soul and Country. But a list of Mavis Staples’ fans and peers falls solidly in the rock world.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".