In the late '60s, an all-woman rock band called Ace of Cups took the San Francisco psychedelic scene by storm. They opened for Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane; counted the Grateful Dead among their fans; and regularly performed at protests and benefits for the anti-Vietnam War movement. Unfortunately, Ace of Cups were never signed to a record label, and disbanded in 1972—in part due to a lack of support for women in the music industry.
"When we split up it was a lot related to the fact that we were having children," guitarist Denise Kaufman told KQED last year. "Our brother bands, they were having children too, but they had wives and girlfriends."
Fortunately, Ace of Cups have enjoyed an unexpected comeback. After George Wallace of High Moon Records reached out to them for archival material, the band members decided to get back together. In 2017, KQED Arts filmed the band as they began recording their long-overdue debut album, Ace of Cups, out on High Moon on Nov. 9. Ace of Cups celebrates with a live performance at Amoeba Music in San Francisco on Nov. 15. Details here.