By Ronald D. Lankford Jr.
Girls Singer-Songwriters in Rock offers an outline of the women's singer-songwriter circulate through the Nineties with distinctive analyses of the song of Alanis Morissette, PJ Harvey, Courtney Love, Liz Phair, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and Sheryl Crow. The booklet specializes in the exploration of women's matters in the tune, interpreting how the music's feminist content material used to be capable of filter out into the preferred tradition.
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Extra resources for Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock: A Populist Rebellion in the 1990s
You Oughta Know” is a powerful rock song that communicates its social politics through lived experience, stylish and uncompromising. This combination of sheer sound and lived experience gave the singer-songwriter genre a new edge and power that made the music more attractive both aesthetically and commercially. But it was a combination that was not always understood, and it was even easy for someone as successful at it as Morissette to fall back on a number of clichés of the singer-songwriter genre.
Within third wave feminism, however, the victory 1995: “You Oughta Know” QW 17 rests in her refusal to remain silent. While Morissette’s character may be a victim, she, by speaking out, shows that she will not remain one. On the cover of the single for “You Oughta Know,” a blurry, closely framed shot reveals a partial female face and, in the foreground, a small frog pressed between her index finger and thumb. Psychologically, the woman on the cover appears in control, a control that extends to inflicting harm if and when she chooses.
In a second version of “Snake” from 4-Track Demos (1993), Harvey’s Eve literally stops mid-song to release an extended moancry, completely breaking down and bringing the song to a temporary halt. In “Snake,” and many other songs from Dry (1992) and Rid of Me (1993), Harvey draws a bleak sketch of a world where women and men are born to desire one another emotionally and physically. But pure desire honestly expressed has a short shelf life; soon desire is thwarted or betrayed by complications and entanglement, leading to desperation, revulsion, and violence.
Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock: A Populist Rebellion in the 1990s by Ronald D. Lankford Jr.