Shes A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll by Gillian G. GaarGillian 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
MY TOP 10 FEMALE ROCK SINGERS
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For as long as there has been what we now know as classic rock , women have played a big part in its development and success. Shortly thereafter, the genre began to see its first all-female bands, such as The Runaways and Fanny. Throughout the '70s and early '80s, more women became bona fide rock stars, paving the way for other female artists to rise to the top of the rock genre. Some were a major influence on artists of their generation and the next; some were a major influence on the success of the bands with which they worked. All excelled at creating and performing rock music, as songwriters , instrumentalists, and singers.
Stunning listeners with her emotional candour, Van Etten sang songs about abusive relationships, love and self-discovery.
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Thankfully, a new generation of these acts have made women all the more present in modern rock, country, pop and electronica. Here are 26 of our favorite bands fronted by inspiring female artists. The rock crew fronted by Brittany Howard has built an electric, festival-ready live show out of the soulful Americana featured on its first two albums. With Debbie Harry leading the quintet, Blondie pushed new wave in complex new directions without sacrificing a drop of attitude. Tragically, the female vocalist passed away in after a battle with anorexia nervosa, but The Carpenters' legacy as a pop duo lives on. A reunion led to multiple successful tours and a new album, Push and Shove , in Debut album Talking Dreams was released in
Bollocks to that. Each and every one of them had to work, fight and play harder just to be accepted on the same terms as their male counterparts. And when they made it, they ripped up the rulebooks they were handed and re-invented the genres they entered on their own terms. Having started out as a jazz guitarist in the 50s, Kaye went on to become one of the most prolific, respected session bassists in rock — as well as contributing guitar parts six- and string for the likes of The Beach Boys and Frank Zappa. A killer player, noted teacher and a key touchstone in the world of bass. Hitting the upper reaches of the chart with Can The Can and Devil Gate Drive , she inspired a generation of women to pick up the bass guitar.