Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity

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From Janis Joplin to P.J. Harvey, Women and Popular Music explores the changing role of women musicians and the ways in which their songs resonate in popular culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415211895
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/31/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Whiteley is Reader in Popular Music at the University of Salford. She is the author of The Space Between the Notes (Routledge 1992) and editor of Sexing the Groove (Routledge 1997).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Wonderful world, beautiful people: The 1960s' counter culture and its ideological relationship to women 22
2 Repressive representations: Patriarchy, femininities and 1960s' rock 32
3 The personal is political: Women's liberation, sexuality, gender, freedom and repression 44
4 Try, just a little bit harder: Janis Joplin and the search for personal identity 51
5 The times they are a-changin': Folk and the singer songwriter 72
6 The lonely road: Joni Mitchell, Blue and female subjectivity 78
7 Daughters of chaos; Patti Smith, Siouxsie Sioux and the feminisation of rock 95
8 Challenging the feminine: Annie Lennox, androgyneity and illusions of identity 119
9 Madonna, eroticism, autoeroticism and desire 136
10 k.d. lang, a certain kind of woman 152
11 Talkin' 'bout a revolution: Tracy Chapman, political uprisings, domestic violence and love 171
12 Authenticity, truthfulness and community: Tori Amos, Courtney Love, P.J. Harvey and Bjork 196
13 Artifice and the imperatives of commercial success: From Brit Pop to the Spice Girls 214
Discography 230
Index 236
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