Women Icons of Popular Music [2 volumes]: The Rebels, Rockers, and Renegades

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $47.74
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 72%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $47.74   
  • New (4) from $143.00   
  • Used (3) from $47.74   

Overview

Popular music owes greatly to the spirit of rebellion. In all of its diversified, experimental, modern-day micro-genres, music's roots were first watered by good old-fashioned social dissension- its incendiary heights pushed heavenward by radicals and rogue revolutionaries. And perhaps none are more influential and non-conformist than women. Always first in line to give convention a sound thrashing, women in music have penned sonic masterpieces, championed sweeping social movements, and breathed life into sounds yet unimagined. Today's guitar-wielding heroines continue to blaze the trail, tapping reservoirs and soundscapes still unknown to their male counterparts- hell hath no fury like a woman with an amplifier.

Women Icons of Popular Music puts the limelight on 24 legendary artists who challenged the status quo and dramatically expanded the possibilities of women in the highly competitive music world. Using critical acclaim and artistic integrity as benchmarks of success, this can't-put-down resource features rich biographical and musical analyses of a diverse array of musicians from country, pop, rock, R&B, soul, indie, and hip-hop. It goes beyond the shorter, less detailed biographical information found in many women in rock compendiums by giving readers a more in-depth understanding of these artists as individuals, as well as providing a larger context-social, musical, political, and personal-for their success and legacy.

Highlighted in sidebars throughout are related trends, movements, events, and issues to give readers a broad perspective of the defining moments in music and pop culture history. With discographies, illustrations, and a print and electronic resource guide, Women Icons of Popular Music is a rousing, insightful resource for students and music fans alike.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Havranek has pooled an impressive list of leading women from a variety of musical genres, including country, alternative rock, hip-hop, R&B, and folk. The text is rigorously researched, with each chapter running approximately 20 pages in length and providing an overview of the artist and an examination of her early years; career path; mission, motivation, and processes; and legacy and other interests. The only drawback is the scarcity of photographs throughout. BOTTOM LINE: Dale Sherman's 20th Century Rock & Roll Women in Rock (Collector's Guide Pub., 2001) lacks the currency and diverse nature of the engaging and surprisingly cohesive Women Icons. From an introduction that weaves shared histories and destinies to a time line that makes for interesting comparisons of such a varied group of artists, Havranek's work calls for a complete reading and as such is much more than a go-to fact book for a single artist. Recommended for a wide range of libraries.'

"

-

Library Journal

"Havranek's 2-volume set is written for both high school students and undergraduates, along with the curious fan or general reader. This work would make a good addition to any public, school, or academic library with a paucity of reference literature pertaining to popular female musicians."

-

ARBAonline

"[Havranek's] essays are generally well done. As with other volumes in this series, these biographical

essays would be a good starting point for students looking at career achievements. […] This volume will be useful for libraries with strong collections on popular culture. Summing Up: Recommended."

-

Choice

"With its attention on women artists, this set provides a useful complement to the publisher's previous titles, Icons of Hip HoP (Greenwood Press, 2007), Icons of Rock (Greenwood Press, 2007), and Icons of R&B and Soul (Greenwood Press, 2008). All provide detailed examinations of the creative careers of popular artists. As such, they will find an appreciative audience in high school, public and academic libraries."

-

Lawrence Looks at Books

Library Journal

Writer and college instructor Havranek examines 24 female artists of iconic stature based on their influence, artistic and/or commercial success, and critical role in the evolution of popular music. Legendary figures such as Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Debbie Harry are no surprise here, but also included are less recognizable but no less valuable names that may be unfamiliar to some readers. Although dedicated to solo artists, the work also includes iconic duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. Havranek has pooled an impressive list of leading women from a variety of musical genres, including country, alternative rock, hiphop, R&B, and folk. The text is rigorously researched, with each chapter running approximately 20 pages in length and providing an overview of the artist and an examination of her early years; career path; mission, motivation, and processes; and legacy and other interests. The only drawback is the scarcity of photographs throughout. BOTTOM LINEDale Sherman's 20th Century Rock & Roll Women in Rock(Collector's Guide Pub., 2001) lacks the currency and diverse nature of the engaging and surprisingly cohesive Women Icons. From an introduction that weaves shared histories and destinies to a time line that makes for interesting comparisons of such a varied group of artists, Havranek's work calls for a complete reading and as such is much more than a goto fact book for a single artist. Recommended for a wide range of libraries. [Available electronically through Greenwood Digital Collection; ebk. ISBN 9781573567831
—Daniel Sifton

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313340833
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2008
  • Series: Greenwood Icons Series
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

CARRIE HAVRANEK has written about music for The Village Voice, Salon, Paste and Performing Songwriter, and as a contributor to Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990 (Schirmer, 2004). She received an M.A. from New York University and teaches writing at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Photos

Series Foreword

Preface/Intro

Acknowledgments

Timeline

Volume One

Tori Amos

Joan Baez

Mary J. Blige

Patsy Cline

Ani DiFranco

Missy Elliott

Aretha Franklin

Emmylou Harris

Debbie Harry

Chrissie Hynde

The Indigo Girls

Janis Joplin

Volume Two

Carole King

Madonna

Sarah McLachlan

Joni Mitchell

Dolly Parton

Liz Phair

Bonnie Raitt

Linda Ronstadt

Diana Ross

Patti Smith

Tina Turner

Suzanne Vega

Select Bibliography

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)