Women icons of popular music : the rebels, rockers, and renegades / Carrie Havranek.

By: Havranek, Carrie, 1974-Contributor(s): Gale GroupMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Gale virtual reference libraryGreenwood icons: Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (2 v. (xxviii, 504 p.)) : portsISBN: 9781573567831 (electronic book)Subject(s): Women singers | Women rock musiciansAdditional physical formats: No titleDDC classification: 782.42164092/273 | B LOC classification: ML82 | .H39 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
v. 1. Tori Amos ; Joan Baez ; Mary J. Blige ; Patsy Cline ; Ani DiFranco ; Missy Elliott ; Aretha Franklin ; Emmylou Harris ; Debbie Harry ; Chrissie Hynde ; Indigo Girls ; Janis Joplin -- v. 2. Carole King ; Madonna ; Sarah McLachlan ; Joni Mitchell ; Dolly Parton ; Liz Phair ; Bonnie Raitt ; Linda Ronstadt ; Diana Ross ; Patti Smith ; Tina Turner ; Suzanne Vega.
Summary: Covers legendary artists who challenged the status quo and dramatically expanded the possibilities of women in the highly competitive music world. Using critical acclaim and artistic integrity as benchmarks of success, this resource features biographical and musical analyses of a diverse array of musicians from country, pop, rock, R&B, soul, indie, and hip-hop.
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Includes bibliographical references, discographies, and index.

v. 1. Tori Amos ; Joan Baez ; Mary J. Blige ; Patsy Cline ; Ani DiFranco ; Missy Elliott ; Aretha Franklin ; Emmylou Harris ; Debbie Harry ; Chrissie Hynde ; Indigo Girls ; Janis Joplin -- v. 2. Carole King ; Madonna ; Sarah McLachlan ; Joni Mitchell ; Dolly Parton ; Liz Phair ; Bonnie Raitt ; Linda Ronstadt ; Diana Ross ; Patti Smith ; Tina Turner ; Suzanne Vega.

Covers legendary artists who challenged the status quo and dramatically expanded the possibilities of women in the highly competitive music world. Using critical acclaim and artistic integrity as benchmarks of success, this resource features biographical and musical analyses of a diverse array of musicians from country, pop, rock, R&B, soul, indie, and hip-hop.

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Library Journal Review

Writer and college instructor Havranek examines 24 female artists of iconic stature based on their influence, artistic and/or commercial success, and critical role in the evolution of popular music. Legendary figures such as Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Debbie Harry are no surprise here, but also included are less recognizable but no less valuable names that may be unfamiliar to some readers. Although dedicated to solo artists, the work also includes iconic duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. Havranek has pooled an impressive list of leading women from a variety of musical genres, including country, alternative rock, hip-hop, R&B, and folk. The text is rigorously researched, with each chapter running approximately 20 pages in length and providing an overview of the artist and an examination of her early years; career path; mission, motivation, and processes; and legacy and other interests. The only drawback is the scarcity of photographs throughout. Bottom Line Dale Sherman's 20th Century Rock & Roll Women in Rock (Collector's Guide Pub., 2001) lacks the currency and diverse nature of the engaging and surprisingly cohesive Women Icons. From an introduction that weaves shared histories and destinies to a time line that makes for interesting comparisons of such a varied group of artists, Havranek's work calls for a complete reading and as such is much more than a go-to fact book for a single artist. Recommended for a wide range of libraries. [Available electronically through Greenwood Digital Collection; ebk. ISBN 978-1-57356-783-1.]-Daniel Sifton, Cariboo Regional Dist. Lib., Williams Lake, B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

In the latest tome in the new "Greenwood Icons" series, independent scholar Havranek has tackled an intriguing subject, identifying 24 of the most influential women in the field of popular music during the last five decades. Her eclectic choices range from country (Patsy Cline) to hip-hop (Missy Elliott) and from the obvious (Madonna, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin) to the more fringe (Liz Phair, Indigo Girls, Tori Amos). Each artist receives an approximately 20-page essay that summarizes her history and contributions, along with a black-and-white photograph, selected discography, and list of further readings. A brief time line starting at 1954 allows readers to see one singer's important events in relation to the others. Though Havranek's choices may not be those of every reader (many would not fit this reviewer's definition of rebels, rockers, or renegades), she does an admirable job of justifying her selections in the introduction. Her essays are generally well done. As with other volumes in this series, these biographical essays would be a good starting point for students looking at career achievements. The only sticking point may be the cost. This volume will be useful for libraries with strong collections on popular culture. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. J. A. Badics Eastern Michigan University

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Carrie Havranek has written about music for The Village Voice, Salon, Paste and Performing Songwriter , and as a contributor to Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990 (Schirmer, 2004). She received an M.A. from New York University and teaches writing at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

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