Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern (Paperback)
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Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 01/11/2012
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In WOMEN MAKE NOISE musicians, journalists, promoters and fans excavate the hidden story of the all-girl band: from country belles of the 20s-40s and girl groups of the 60s, to prog rock goddesses, women's liberationists and punks of the 70s-80s; from riot grrrl activists and queercore anarchists of the 90s to radical protesters Pussy Riot and the most inspiring all-girl bands today. These aren't the manufactured acts of some pop svengali, these groups write their own songs, play their own instruments and make music together on their own terms. All-girl bands have made radical contributions to feminism, culture and politics as well as well as producing some unique, influential and innovative music. It's time to celebrate the outspoken voices, creative talents and gutsy performances of the all-girl bands who demand we take notice.

Publisher: Aurora Metro Publications
ISBN: 9780956632913
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


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"Tales of race riots, intimidation and abuse by male music fans and management, and inspiring moments of in-your-face activism provide fascinating background to some of your favourite bands (and many you've never heard of). The greatest strength of Women Make Noise is that many of the contributors were themselves part of the bands they are chronicling. These women offer up inspiring, funny and enraging stories of being radical activists and prolific musicians in a world that worked constantly to push them down." - Gender Focus "Women Make Noise is a wonderful collection of essays, taking the reader from the days of Sassy country and Western women carving out a place in a horrendously sexist fledgeling music industry, all the way up to the Riot Grrrl movement of the 90s and beyond. Each chapter is written with such boundless enthusiasm for the subject matter that it'll keep you enthralled until you drift slowly out of your comfort zone without even realising it. Read the book cover to cover, have your eyes opened, discover your next favourite band and perhaps think about the role of Women in music a little differently from now on." - Intuition, review by Owen Chambers "Fascinating, diverse and, most importantly, inspiring - the title alone is as much a rallying cry as a joyous statement of the truth." - Zoe Street Howe, author of Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits, and other music titles "It's exhilarating to learn about different generations of female musicians from such diverse, strong voices." - Kathleen Hanna, American singer, musician, artist, feminist activist, pioneer of the feminist punk riot grrrl movement "A very important and timely contribution to the debates about "women in rock". All-girl bands have too often been written off as novelties, and this exciting book sheds new light on an under-researched area." - Lucy O'Brien, author of She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul

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