Angry Women in Rock

Angry Women in Rock

by Andrea Juno, Andrea Juno, V. Vale
     
 
This book takes off where Gillian Garr's 1992 She's A Rebel leaves off, and is a perfect companion volume for that great book. It features interviews (that read like thoughtful essays) with Joan Jett, Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Valerie Agnew (7 Year Bitch), Lois Maffeo, Naomi Yang (Galaxie 500), Kendra Smith, Phranc, Candice Pederson (K Records), Bettina

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This book takes off where Gillian Garr's 1992 She's A Rebel leaves off, and is a perfect companion volume for that great book. It features interviews (that read like thoughtful essays) with Joan Jett, Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Valerie Agnew (7 Year Bitch), Lois Maffeo, Naomi Yang (Galaxie 500), Kendra Smith, Phranc, Candice Pederson (K Records), Bettina Richards, Chrissie Hynde, and June Millington (Fanny, the "Godmothers of Womyn's Rock").

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Okay interviewer/editor Juno has an obvious predilection for the early '70sits music, its brash feminism and some of its more transient trappings (the interviews feature drawings of "Healing Herbals" in the margin of each page, and when interviewing Lynn Breedlove of Tribe 8, Juno points out that Breedlove is Sagittarius). Still, Juno got some good dirt from some pretty scary and hip women. Forget the laws of journalism: Juno needs her 13 subjects to be pissed, and many of them cooperate. The best parts of the book offer hands-on technique7 Year Bitch's Valie Agnew on drumming; Naomi Yang, formerly of Galaxie 500, on playing bassand discographies and equipment lists. One learns that erstwhile Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith was a slalom skiing racer, and that gender-teasing folkie Phranc was a nude model for art students. Luminary Joan Jett is too friendly to be angry, and Chrissie Hynde reminds us that "Cool people like their privacy." Juno can't avoid clumsy definitions of feminism, or resist denouncing certain activities (reading Vogue) or persons (Courtney Love, Robert Christgau) as vaguely counter to the cause. Her "Women in Rock Map" is woefully incomplete and places Brit Dusty Springfield in Memphis because she recorded her definitive album there. Worse, she leaves out angry women who rock the micwhere are Roxanne Shant, Queen Latifah and MC Lyte? Despite its inadequacies, the book is a worthwhile supplement for the collector of women-in-rock literature or women who want to take guitar in hand. (Aug.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
In this first title from her new company, former Re/Search copublisher Juno (Incredibly Strange Music, LJ 3/15/93) discusses with 13 prominent female musicians, composers and record company executives the expanding role of women in "Guyville"the heretofore male-dominated field of rock music. Juno's questions are probing, intelligent, and well informed; her subjects respond openly and in depth. Well-known rockers such as Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde are included along with up-and-comers like Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill) and Lois Maffeo. While both music and gender issues are certainly discussed (each interview includes both a discography and an equipment list), other subjects are explored as well: the Swans' Jarboe recounts her experiences as a "specialty" sex worker; 7 Year Bitch's Valerie Agnew argues that women should carry handguns. The unparalleled breadth and depth of treatment make this book an important document that belongs in almost every rock music, women's studies, and cultural studies collection. However, the frankness of the text and explicitness of the photos warrant a caveat.Bill Piekarski, Southwestern Coll. Lib., Chula Vista, Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780965104203
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.58(d)

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