She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop & Soul

Popular music grew out of ragtime, vaudeville and the blues to become global mass entertainment Yet nearly eighty years after Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith first blazed the trail, have their female successors achieved the recognition and affirmation they deserve The first hands on history of women in rock, pop and soul, She Bop tells it like it is on stage, on camera andPopular music grew out of ragtime, vaudeville and the blues to become global mass entertainment Yet nearly eighty years after Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith first blazed the trail, have their female successors achieved the recognition and affirmation they deserve The first hands on history of women in rock, pop and soul, She Bop tells it like it is on stage, on camera and working in a male dominated industry Adding a feminist perspective to her incredibly detailed knowledge of the stars and their music, and including an abundance of personal interviews, Lucy O Brien tells these women s stories and their struggle not only for acceptance, but also for recognition and success, in a culture they are still striving to call their own She Bop traces the different stages of women s progress in the music industry, from the early years of ragtime and the Jazz Age up to the present.
She Bop The Definitive History of Women in Rock Pop Soul Popular music grew out of ragtime vaudeville and the blues to become global mass entertainment Yet nearly eighty years after Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith first blazed the trail have their female succe

  • Title: She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop & Soul
  • Author: Lucy O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780140251555
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop & Soul”

    1. For me, this book can be summed up in one song: Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog." The Elvis version never made sense to me (why is he calling someone a hound dog?), but when I heard Big Mama's huge, deep voice bellow out this insult, it all made sense. This is a woman's song. It's so great to see a history of women in popular music. It's an impossible task in many ways, but the author does a nice job of covering some of the most important pioneers. As with any book that covers popular music, I'm [...]

    2. haven't finished this yet. it's OK. one thing I found a bit irritating was the author's speculation on why these women made certain choices in their careers and making it sound like its not speculation and ascribing all of their motivations to something having to do with being female. that's a pretty bad sentence, I know. but anyway, if you are a musician who happens to be a female, I guess you are always technically a "female musician," but maybe not everything you do as a musician is a direct [...]

    3. Very well researched, and written, this was fun to read and covers alot of genres of women in music. I really enjoyed last chapter, " Talkin'' Business". As the title describes, this chapter is about the women who have given so much by their involvement within the business side of music. This is an area that is so essential yet so little is written. Very strong recommendation to anyone who loves music, and ESP to those who love women in music!

    4. I bought this for a friend a few years ago, and ended up reading it before I sent it to her. It's a really good overview of the history of women in popular music. It examines many of the big issues women have to face in the music industry (sexism, racism, promotion, etc.) Some names you will recognize, others you will likely not. I think this is a great book about women in music, and great book about music in general.

    5. This is a great overview of women in pop music, but sometimes you get a bit too much of the author seeming like a fan reliving a star-sighting. She obviously displays excitement and gratitude for her experiences in meeting some of the ladies in question, and this isn't a problem, but it makes some sections drag a little.

    6. Pretty decent book. The writing was strong, and it was a wonderful collection of quotes from some outstanding women. On the whole though, I wish there had been deeper focus on fewer people, as opposed to a couple of paragraphs about hundreds. I found it hard to keep them straight, and was disappointed when some of my favorite artists got only two paragraphs or less.

    7. Great history of women in music. I used this as a research paper source in college more times than I can count (I was a music business major).

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