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She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0713723793, Paperback)An encyclopedic narrative of the role of women in rock and pop over the last four decades, from Big Mama Thornton, who topped the R&B charts with "Hound Dog" three years before Elvis, to the female musical powerhouses of the '90s. Compulsively readable and thoroughly entertaining, this is a spirited and much-needed retelling of rock history which has tended to treat women peripherally at best. And unlike most rock journalists, Gaar knows how to do research, and how to both tell a long story with attention to detail and keep readers' attention for a long time.
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"She's A Rebel is an impassioned spirited retelling of rock & roll history and essential reading for all fans of popular music. Arranged in reader-friendly chronological order, Rebel charts a half-century of women performers - the early R&B singers of the 1950s (such as Big Mama Thornton, who recorded "Hound Dog" before Elvis); the girl groups, Motown acts, folksingers, and rock chicks of the '60s; the punk rebels and pop divas of the '70s; and the all-girl bands, rappers, hip-hop performers, and riot girls who shook the music world from the 1980s into the new century." "This expanded edition of Gillian G. Gaar's critically acclaimed, breakthrough book includes new chapters on the major artists of the last decade, stunning black-and-white photographs, and an insider's look at the music industry and the emerging power of women rock and pop stars (as well as the women working "behind the scenes"). Gaar profiles dozens of new performers - Courtney Love, Lauryn Hill, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Kim Gordon, Mariah Carey, Sarah McLachlan, Ani DiFranco, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morrisette, Lucinda Williams, Destiny's Child, Bjork, and many others - and captures the amazing expanse of women's voices and talent in the music world."--BOOK JACKET.
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