She's a badass Women in rock shaping feminism

Katherine Yeske Taylor

Book - 2023

"Profiles of the female rock performers who took control of their careers and transformed the music industry from the inside"--

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Essex, Connecticut : Backbeat Books [2023]
Main Author
Katherine Yeske Taylor (author)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xv, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-246) and index.
  • Suzi Quatro
  • Ann Wilson (Heart)
  • Exene Cervenka (X)
  • Gina Schock (The Go-Go's)
  • Lydia Lunch
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Cherie Currie (The Runaways)
  • Joan Osborne
  • Donita Sparks (L7)
  • Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
  • Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly)
  • Paula Cole
  • Tobi Vail (Bikini Kill)
  • Laura Veirs
  • Catherine Popper
  • Amanda Palmer
  • Bonnie Bloomgarden (Death Valley Girls)
  • Orianthi
  • Fefe Dobson
  • Sade Sanchez (L.A. Witch).
Review by Library Journal Review

Music journalist Taylor provides succinct but dynamic portraits of 20 women from over six decades of rock music. She gets input from the women themselves about their music, obstacles, and legacies. The book begins with Suzi Quatro, followed by Lydia Lunch, Suzanne Vega, Joan Osborne, Tobi Vail, Orianthi, and others, and concludes with L.A. Witch's Sade Sanchez. The chronological range of subjects provides both a long-term sense of the change (or lack thereof) in the music industry and a look at how coming up in different eras has affected the viewpoints of the artists themselves. A notable takeaway is that while all subjects speak fervently about the importance of women in music, their takes on industry sexism and feminism as a social movement (as well as the term "feminist" itself) have some sharp divergences. VERDICT This book's fierce attitude and biographies that pitch towards the positive will have plenty of appeal for readers seeking some inspiration from women who've carved out a place in rock music.--Kathleen McCallister

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