By Mina Carson, Tisa Lewis, Susan M. Shaw
With a foreword through Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards
Girls Rock! explores the various methods girls have outlined themselves as rock musicians in an as soon as ruled and regulated by means of males. Integrating background, feminist research, and developmental idea, the authors describe how and why girls became rock musicians―what evokes them to play and practice, how they write, what their tune capability to them, and what they desire their song ability to listeners. As those musicians inform their tales, themes emerge that light up broader tendencies in rock's historical past. From Wanda Jackson's progressive act of choosing up a guitar to the present good fortune of self reliant artists resembling Ani DiFranco, Girls Rock! examines the shared threads of those performers' lives and the evolution of women's roles in rock song because its beginnings within the Nineteen Fifties. This provocative research of ladies in rock is predicated on a number of interviews with a extensive spectrum of ladies performers―those who've accomplished status and people simply beginning bands, these taking part in at neighborhood coffeehouses and people promoting out large arenas. ladies Rock! celebrates what lady musicians need to educate approximately their reviews as ladies, artists, and rock musicians.
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Girls Rock!: Fifty Years of Women Making Music by Mina Carson, Tisa Lewis, Susan M. Shaw