The Words and Music of Melissa Etheridge

The Words and Music of Melissa Etheridge

by James E. Perone

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Overview

The Words and Music of Melissa Etheridge by James E. Perone

For a quarter century, Melissa Etheridge has been one of the most iconic and prolific female rock musicians. This book critically examines this songwriter's portrayal of universal human emotions and experiences against the context of her life.

• Provides critical analysis of the songs and recordings of iconic American singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge

• Includes an annotated bibliography of books and articles about Melissa Etheridge and a discography of her albums to facilitate further research

• Analyzes the significance of Melissa Etheridge's work within the LGBT community

• Identifies the gender-free nature of Melissa Etheridge's lyrics that enabled her to achieve great popularity with general audiences

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440830082
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/17/2014
Series: Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 156
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

James E. Perone, PhD, is Margaret Morgan Ramsey Professor in music at the University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword James E. Perdue vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Organization of This Book 3

1 Early Career 5

Melissa Etheridge (1988) 6

Brave and Crazy (1989) 11

Never Enough (1992) 18

2 Yes, I Am 27

Yes, I Am (1993) 28

Your Little Secret (1995) 32

Breakdown (1999) 41

3 Turbulence and Recovery 51

Skin (2001) 52

Melissa Etheridge Live … and Alone (2002) 59

Lucky (2004) 62

Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled (2005) 73

4 Maturity 77

The Awakening (2007) 79

A New Thought for Christmas (2008) 91

Fearless Love (2010) 96

Icon (2011) 106

Street Feeling (2012) 106

Conclusions: Assessing Melissa Etheridge's Significance 119

Annotated Discography 127

Notes 133

Annotated Bibliography 139

Index 153

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