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Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce. Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl. [Hardcover Book] Evelyn McDonnell

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Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce, Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl Hardcover Book by Evelyn McDonnell 

Illustrated, 6 Dec. 2018

From Bessie Smith and The Supremes to Joan Baez, Madonna, Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Dolly Parton, Sleater-Kinney, Taylor Swift, and scores more, women have played an essential and undeniable role in the evolution of popular music including blues, rock and roll, country, folk, glam rock, punk, and hip hop. Today, in a world traditionally dominated by male artists, women have a stronger influence on popular music than ever before. Yet, not since the late nineteen-nineties has there been a major work that acknowledges and pays tribute to the female artists who have contributed to, defined, and continue to make inroads in music.

In WOMEN WHO ROCK, writer and professor of journalism and new media Evelyn McDonnell leads a team of women rock writers and pundits in an all-out celebration of 106 of the greatest female musicians. Organised chronologically, the book profiles each artist and places her in the context of both her genre and the musical world at large. Sidebars throughout recall key moments that shaped both the trajectory of music and how those moments influenced or were influenced by women artists.

With full-colour illustrated portraits by women artists, Women Who Rock will be THE long-awaited gift book for every music fan, feminist, and female rocker, young and old.

Product details

  • Publisher : Black Dog & Leventhal; Illustrated edition (6 Dec. 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0316558877
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0275961602
  • Dimensions : 20.96 x 4.13 x 26.04 cm

Product description


"Women Who Rock is required reading for all of us, for it encourages us to look beyond our musical circles, to listen to those we have far too often placed at the margins of those circles, and to bring those we have marginalized into our circles, embracing them and empowering them as they have for so long empowered us."--NoDepression.com, Notable Books of 2018

"Women Who Rock- which uses the word 'rock' not as a genre or noun, but as a verb - doesn't claim to be encyclopedic. Instead, it focuses on key game changers from around the world and proves that 'woman' is not a genre."--The Detroit News

"Edited by veteran music journalist and scholar Evelyn McDonnell, this stylishly illustrated coffee-table book is one you can drop into on any page and start reading. Dozens of writers including Peaches, Alice Bag, Vivien Goldman, Ann Powers, and Jenn and Liz Pelly offer up insightful essays on artists ranging from Bessie Smith to Poly Styrene to TLC. If you're a member of team "girls invented punk rock, not England" (or are looking to join), this book is for you."--Pitchfork, The Best Music Books of 2018

Book Description

A stellar and unprecedented celebration of 104 musical artists, WOMEN WHO ROCK is the most complete, up-to-date history of the evolution, influence, and importance of women in music. A gorgeous gift book, it includes a stunning, specially commissioned, full-color illustrated portrait of every musician and group.

About the Author

Evelyn McDonnell is associate professor of journalism and new media at Loyola Marymount University. She has been writing about popular culture and society for more than 20 years. She is the author of four books: Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock 'n' Roll, Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork and Rent by Jonathan Larson. She coedited the anthologies Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap and Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth. She lives in Los Angeles.

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