Girls! Girls! Girls!: Critical Essays on Women and Music / Edition 1

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In recent years, much attention has been lavished on the New Women of rap and rock. From rap stars such as Queen Latifah to bands such as Velocity Girls, popular music has been aggressively redefined by a new generation of women, with a startling range of musical styles.

Yet, women's role in contemporary music, and in music history, extends far beyond MTV or the latest riot grrrl troupe. In Girls! Girls! Girls!, Sarah Cooper has assembled a broad- ranging collection of essays to provide an entertaining and impressionistic portrait of women and music. Whether in the form of Helen Kolawole's discussion of the bitch- bashing misogyny of gangsta rap or Caroline Sullivan's exuberant assessment of women rock critics, the volume raises, and addresses, some of the most provocative and challenging issues concerning women's active involvement in and relationship to music. From indie labels to opera queens, from symphony orchestra to salsa queen, from swing to women's music in South Asia to the confessions of a British country music fan, Girls! Girls! Girls! has something for everyone, music critics, feminists, and fans alike.

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Editorial Reviews

A dozen essays that span the whole range of music demonstrate, for example that the assassination of women in rap music is not much different from the fate of mothers in grand opera. Journalists, fans, academics, and workers in the music industry offer such titles as dead white men in wigs: women and classical music; tell the truth: meeting Margie Hendrix; and I was a teenage country fan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814715413
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Cooper is a freelance journalist.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
'this is not another book about wimmin in rock'
1 Sisters Take the Rap ... But Talk Back 8
2 Dead White Men in Wigs: Women and Classical Music 22
3 Les Gray's Erection 40
4 Worlds Apart? Salsa Queen to Pop Princess 50
5 Tell the Truth: Meeting Margie Hendrix 62
6 Sisters of Swing: Stardom, Segregation and 1940/50s Pop 70
7 Where Are the Mothers in Opera? 86
8 Full of Eastern Promise: Women in South Asian Music 100
9 I Was a Teenage Country Fan: A Tale of Two Soundtracks 116
10 Velocity Girls: Indie, New Lads, Old Values 124
11 The Joy of Hacking: Women Rock Critics 138
12 Access Some Areas: PR in the Music Industry 148
Contributors' Biographies 161
Index 164
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