Synopses & Reviews
explores the many ways women have defined themselves as rock musicians in an industry once dominated and controlled entirely by men. Integrating history, feminist analysis, and developmental theory, the authors describe how and why women have become rock musicians what inspires them to play and perform, how they write, what their music means to them, and what they hope their music means to listeners. As these women musicians tell their stories, topics emerge that illuminate broader trends in rock's history. From Wanda Jackson's revolutionary act of picking up a guitar to the current success of independent artists such as Ani DiFranco, Girls Rock!
examines the shared threads of these performers' lives and the evolution of women's roles in rock music since its beginnings in the 1950s.
This provocative investigation of women in rock is based on numerous interviews with a broad spectrum of women performers those who have achieved fame and those just starting bands, those playing at local coffeehouses and those selling out huge arenas. Girls Rock! celebrates what female musicians have to teach about their experiences as women, artists, and rock musicians.
"Carson, Lewis, and Shaw have written a book that fills a significant gap in the current discourse on women in popular music. They examine the connection between selfhood and music-making in a way that both validates and honors the unique experience of women in rock-and-roll. These girls rock!" Teresa Reed, author of The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music
About the Author
Mina Carson, associate professor of history at Oregon State University, is the author of Settlement Folk
Tisa Lewis, professor of human development and Christian education at Montreat College, is the author of Faith Influences: Gospel Responsibilities in a Changing World.
Susan M. Shaw, director and assistant professor of the womens studies program at Oregon State University, is co-author of Womens Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings.