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

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

by Carrie Havranek


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313340833
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2008
Series: Greenwood Icons
Pages: 568
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents


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Series Foreword




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


Sarah McLachlan

Joni Mitchell

Dolly Parton

Liz Phair

Bonnie Raitt

Linda Ronstadt

Diana Ross

Patti Smith

Tina Turner

Suzanne Vega

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