She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul

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This is an account of the history of women in all aspects of the music business. It traces women's progress in the business, their struggles for acceptance as well as recognition and success. From the early years of ragtime and the jazz age, women have been stereotyped and kept in "their place" in an industry which has always been dominated and controlled by men. In order to survive, women have allowed themselves to be manipulated and there have been many casualties along the way. Today, female artists are starting to take control of all aspects of the business and men are being forced to listen. This book contains interviews with singers, musicians and women working in the music industry, and is written from a feminist perspective.

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What do Madonna's navel and Billie Holiday's eyebrows have in common? They symbolize the "self-definition" and "self-awareness" that British music journalist O'Brien (Annie Lennox) saw in female performers trying to make it in the male-dominated popular music industry. Drawing on 200 interviews in the U.S. and Britain between 1984 and 1994, O'Brien has written a top-notch, impressively thorough history of women in the industry, including not only performers but producers and sound engineers?even female consumers. O'Brien's definition of pop is very wide, which allows her to riff widely on rock, soul, jazz, world, reggae, rap, country and folk music. Though tied together through O'Brien's strong, feminist voice, She Bop is loosely organized. It opens chronologically, moving through prewar jazz and blues; the "Dream Babes" of '50s pop; the proliferation of female artists in every genre in the '60s; the '70s "rock chick"; and finally, to the ascendance of the girl guitar bands and singer/songwriters in the late '80s and early '90s. Subsequent chapters consider issues, trends and themes, from what Suzanne Vega termed the "cleavage question" to "protest" pop to androgyny and sexual orientation. O'Brien doesn't gloss over problems: she wrestles with the complexities of using sex for success, the impulse toward self-destructive behavior and the lack of solidarity among female musicians. Overall, though, the message of She Bop is straightforward and positive: You've come a long way, baby. Photos, bibliography, discography.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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