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Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock: A Populist Rebellion in the 1990sby Ronald D. Lankford
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In Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock: A Populist Rebellion in the 1990s, Ronald D. Lankford Jr. argues that women singer-songwriters formed a substantial movement within popular music during the 1990s, making a significant social and aesthetic contribution that pushed feminism into mainstream American culture. Lankford examines in depth the work of several artists-including Alanis Morissette, PJ Harvey, Liz Phair, Courtney Love, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and Sheryl Crow-offering thorough descriptions and analyses of their music, lyrics, and album art. By looking at both the broader movement and individual performers, this book provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the movement and its message. Lankford introduces the singer-songwriter movement and the artists and genres that paved the way for these 1990s rockers, establishing the arch of the popular movement of women in rock as it mirrored the rise of third wave feminism and sketching the cultural and political landscape that servedas a backdrop to the women's singer-songwriter movement during the 1990s. Drawing from resources in books, journals, and zines, Lankford focuses on the exploration of women's issues within the music through analyses of its lyrics and album art and examines how the often hard-edged feminist content was able to filter into mainstream popular culture. To help illustrate this, the book includes a select discography of albums and singles, including their placement and number of weeks spent on various charts. Acomplete bibliography and index round out this important study, which is a must for fans and scholars of music, popular culture, and women's studies.
Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock provides an overview of the women's singer-songwriter movement during the 1990s with detailed analyses of the music of Alanis Morissette, PJ Harvey, Courtney Love, Liz Phair, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and Sheryl Crow. The book focuses on the exploration of women's issues within the music, examining how the music's feminist content was able to filter into the popular culture.
About the Author
\Ronald D. Lankford Jr. is an independent scholar and freelance writer. He is the author of Folk Music USA: The Changing Voice of Protest (2005).
Table of Contents
1995 : "You oughta know" — Rid of me : PJ Harvey — Exile in guyville : Liz Phair — Live through this : Hole/Courtney Love — Blurring the edges : from riot grrrl to Lilith Fair — Little earthquakes : Tori Amos — Fumbling towards ecstasy : Sarah McLachlan — Tuesday night music club : Sheryl Crow.
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