This classic hands-on history of women in rock, pop and soul, fully revised and updated includes an additional chapter and dozens of extra interviews, covering trends such as girlpower, Lilith Fair rock, and the rise of the corporate diva.
Popular music grew out of ragtime, vaudeville and the blues to become global mass entertainment. Women like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were the original pop divas, yet eighty years after they blazed a trail, have their successors achieved the recognition and affirmation they deserve? Or has the only way to success been to slot into saleable images of the cute baby or sexy chanteuse? This is the story of women as creators and innovators, aiming to provide a history of women in rock, pop and soul - on stage, on camera and working behind the scenes in a male-dominated industry. This edition contains an extra chapter and interviews covering trends such as Girlpower.
1. Riffin' the Scotch2. Stupid Cupid: Dream Babes in '50s Pop3. The Real Thing: Motown, Spector and '60s Svengalis4. Can the Can: Whatever Happened to the Rock Chick?5. Final Girls: Punk, Performance Art and PMT Pop6. Ladies of the Canyon: Female Singer/Songwriters of the Grand Hotel7. Lipstick Traces: Madonna, Manipulation and MTV8. She Wears the Trousers: Artistry, Androgyny and the Lesbian Question9. I Wanna Dance with Somebody: Deconstructing the Disco Diva10. In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: The True Story of Women in Rap and Reggae11. Oye Mi Canto: Hear My Voice: Women in World Music12. Talkin' Tough: the Enemy Within: Women and Protest Pop13. Talkin' Business: Nuts 'N' Bolts and All the Necessaries14. Girlpower!Selected DiscographySelected Bibliography