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She's a rebel : the history of women in rock & roll
Gaar, Gillian G., 1959-
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Expanded second edition.
Physical Description:
xx, 516 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Roots. Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton ; Ruth Brown ; LaVern Baker ; Lady Bo (Peggy Jones) ; Bonnie Guitar (Bonnie Buckingham) ; Wanda Jackson ; Bobbettes ; Chantels -- Girl groups. Shirelles ; Ellie Greenwich ; Shangri-Las ; Crystals ; Darlene Love ; Lesley Gore ; Dusty Springfield ; Vicki Wickham (Ready, Steady, Go) ; Carol MacDonald (Goldie and the Gingerbreads) -- Talkin' 'bout a revolution. Mary Wells ; Martha Reeves ; Supremes; Aretha Franklin ; Joan Baez ; Mamas and the Papas ; Janis Joplin ; Maureen Tucker (Velvet Underground) ; Alison Steele ("The Nightbird") -- Hear me roar. Helen Reddy ; Judy Dlugacz (Olivia Records) ; Cris Williamson ; Pamela Brandt (Deadly Nightshade) ; June Millington (Fanny) ; Holly Near ; Teresa Trull ; Karen Carpenter -- Diverse directions. Carole King ; Laura Nyro ; Joni Mitchell ; Joan Armatrading ; Labelle ; Donna Summer ; Runaways ; Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) -- Punk revolution. Yoko Ono ; Patti Smith ; X-Ray Spex ; Lene Lovich ; Marianne Faithfull ; Debbie Harry (Blondie) ; Penelope Spheeris (The Decline...of Western Civilization) ; Exene Cervenka (X ; Kate Bush -- Post-punk waves. Go-go's ; Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders) ; Pat Benatar ; Danielle Dax ; Laurie Anderson ; Karen Finley ; Lisa Fancher (Frontier Records) ; Lori Twersky (Bitch magazine) -- Smile for the camera. Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) ; Cyndi Lauper ; Madonna ; Bangles ; Whitney Houston ; Tina Turner ; Bonnie Raitt -- Step into the future. Suzanne Vega ; Tracy Chapman ; Michelle Shocked ; Phranc ; k.d. lang ; Sinead O'Connor ; Janet Jackson ; Vixen ; Salt-N-Pepa ; Queen Latifah ; Diamanda Galas -- Note for the nineties -- Enjoy being a grrrl. Throwing Muses ; Kim Gordon ; Candice Pederson (K Records) ; Bikini Kill ; Bratmobile ; Breeders ; Babes in Toyland ; Courtney Love -- New Perspectives. Liz Phair ; Tori Amos ; Alanis Morissette ; Sarah McLachlan/Lilith Fair ; PJ Harvey ; En Vogue ; TLC ; Ani DiFranco ; Carla DeSantis (ROCKRGRL magazine) ; Sleater-Kinney -- Girl power. Spice Girls ; Britney Spears ; Mariah Carey ; Destiny's Child ; Missy Elliott ; Lucinda Williams ; Kirsty MacColl ; Laura Love ; Ladyfest ; The Donnas.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [485]-487) and indexes.

Videography: page 488.
Pub Date:
Seal Press, [2002]



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Central - Houston Public Library Adult Non-fiction Book 781.66082 G111 2ED

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Gillian G. Gaar's critically acclaimed, breakthrough book, the first full history of women in rock and pop ever written, became an instant classic upon its publication in 1992. Arranged chronologically and told with impassioned detail, She's A Rebel charts a half century of women performers from the early R and B singers of the 1950s, to the girl groups, Motown acts, folksingers, and rock chicks of the 1960s, to the punk rebels and pop divas of the 1970s, to the brash all-girl bands, rappers, and riot grrls of the 1980s and 1990s. This expanded ten-year anniversary edition features over 75 photos and includes three all-new chapters on all the major artists of the last decade as well as an insider's look at the music industry and the emerging power of women rock stars. With new preface by Yoko Ono and dozens of new profiles and interviews with performers-such as Courtney Love, L7, Bikini Kill, the Breeders, Sarah McLachlan, Ani di Franco, Sheryl Crow, Sleater Kinney, Alanis Morrisette, Lucinda Williams, Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, Lauryn Hill, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, Bjork, and many others- this book captures the amazing explosion of women's voices and talent in the music world. '[She's A Rebel] is as thoroughly entertaining as it is researched ... It's exhaustive and exhilarating.'-Billboard

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Library Journal Review

In addition to a new preface by Yoko Ono, Gaar's update of her 1992 original includes information on the likes of Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, the Spice Girls, and more. Though other volumes cover the subject, it's nice to have a full-although short-volume dedicated to these performers. The text is buttressed with photos, an index, and a bibliography. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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