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. Among the featured:
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.
"This set features 24 female artists from the last half-century of popular music, including Patsy Cline, Joan Baez, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Debbie Harry, Madonna and Mary J. Blige. Havranek?s broad reach extends to country, rhythm and blues, folk, alternative rock, punk, and hip-hop. The biographical entries are all about 20 pages long. Thorough and well-written, they follow a consistent pattern of an overview; early years; career path; mission, motivation and process, legacy and other interests; discography; and a bibliography of digital and print resources for further reading. Although most people won?t read this work from start to finish, there is a consistency of tone and focus that makes comparisons among artists easy. Sidebars connect the biographical subject to engaging related topics: The Dixie Chicks continue Patsy Cline?s legacy; Missy Elliot?s fashion statements influence hip-hop culture; Dolly Parton?s reach extends beyond music as she brands herself through movies, television and fashion. While the covers are attractive, a single black-and-white photograph for each artist and uninspired graphics leave the overall look somewhat drab. As a supplement to other resources on popular music, especially with an emphasis on biographies, this set is recommended for high school and public libraries."
--Doug's Student Reference Room, August 2009
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