Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock: A Populist Rebellion in the 1990s

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Scarecrow Press, Nov 25, 2009 - Music - 274 pages
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In Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock: A Populist Rebellion in the 1990s, Ronald D. Lankford Jr. argues that women singer-songwriters formed a substantial movement within popular music during the 1990s, making a significant social and aesthetic contribution that pushed feminism into mainstream American culture. Lankford examines in depth the work of several artists_including Alanis Morissette, PJ Harvey, Liz Phair, Courtney Love, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and Sheryl Crow_offering thorough descriptions and analyses of their music, lyrics, and album art. By looking at both the broader movement and individual performers, this book provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the movement and its message. Lankford introduces the singer-songwriter movement and the artists and genres that paved the way for these 1990s rockers, establishing the arch of the popular movement of women in rock as it mirrored the rise of third wave feminism and sketching the cultural and political landscape that served as a backdrop to the women's singer-songwriter movement during the 1990s. Drawing from resources in books, journals, and zines, Lankford focuses on the exploration of women's issues within the music through analyses of its lyrics and album art and examines how the often hard-edged feminist content was able to filter into mainstream popular culture. To help illustrate this, the book includes a select discography of albums and singles, including their placement and number of weeks spent on various charts. A complete bibliography and index round out this important study, which is a must for fans and scholars of music, popular culture, and women's studies.
 

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Contents

You Oughta Know
1
PJ Harvey
21
Liz Phair
47
HoleCourtney Love
73
From Riot Grrrl to Lilith Fair
97
Tori Amos
123
Sarah McLachlan
149
Sheryl Crow
173
Afterglow
195
Discography
217
Bibliography
241
Index
247
About the Author
253
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About the author (2009)

Ronald D. Lankford Jr. is an independent scholar and freelance writer. He is the author of Folk Music USA: The Changing Voice of Protest (2005).

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