By Jennifer Armstrong
Updated June 12, 2009 at 09:30 PM EDT
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Look, I’m not about to bash Miley Cyrus — I will, in fact defend “See You Again” as a more-than-solid pop song. (And by “defend,” I mean “gleefully karaoke it after two glasses of wine last Friday.”) But I will support any endeavor to let budding female musicians know that they can — nay, should — rock far beyond Disney princesses. Allison Iraheta’s awesome Janis Joplin-singing on this season of Idol was a nice start, and we salute the reemergence of Gwen Stefani: The “Just a Girl” Edition on tour with No Doubt this summer, eschewing her glam-queen rapping about clothing lines and bananas for wifebeater-wearing and empowerment anthems. Even better? Jessica Hopper’s The Girls’ Guide to Rocking, which helps budding Blondies, Cyndi Laupers, and Joan Jetts learn how to start bands, write songs, choose instruments, and book gigs. Not only is it chock full of practical advice, it also gives us occasion to watch Hopper’s nifty little indie infomercials, like this one featuring Monika Bukowska of Brilliant Pebbles, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, and Heart Shaped Hate:

What do you think, PopWatchers? Do girls need help rocking? Who are your favorite female rock role models of all time?

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