Rock, pop, and rap music combine elements of blues, gospel, and
sometimes country music in three different ways to create three
distinct but closely related styles since the 1950's.
- Gaar, Gillian G. She's a Rebel : The History of Women in
Rock & Roll. Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 1992.
- Written by a journalist, this book tells the story of women in
rock and pop music over the past 40 years by means of interviews
and anecdotes from performers, writers, and producers with a
commentary on the rock music business. Music -- CALL NUMBER:
781.66082 G111, S554, 1992
- Lewis, Lisa A.. Gender Politics and MTV : Voicing the
Difference. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1990.
- An analysis of the MTV network in terms of the role of women:
in television, as musicians, and in the history of rock music.
Includes an extensive bibliography of current and useful sources.
Perkins -- CALL NUMBER: 384.5554 L674, G325, 1990
- Reynolds, Simon and Joy Press. The Sex Revolts : Gender,
Rebellion, and Rock 'n' Roll. Cambridge, MS: Harvard
University Press, 1995.
- A brand new book about how the history of rock music has been
affected by men and women told in the language of the genre with
sections like "rebel misogynies" on the male side and "Riot Grrrls
and rebels" on the female side. Numerous musicians are mentioned
including Jimi Hendrix, My Bloody Valentine, Joni Mitchell, Tori
Amos, Madonna and more. Music -- CALL NUMBER: 781.66082 R465, S518,
- Steward, Sue. Signed, Sealed, and Delivered : True Life
Stories of Women in Pop. Boston, MS: South End Press,
- Full of pictures charting the history of pop music in its
native Britain, this books tells the story of the women who have
fit in and fared well along with those who did not. Some artists
covered are Grace Jones, Sade, Cilla Black, and Annie Lennox. Music
-- CALL NUMBER: 784.5088042 S849, S578, 1984
- Joplin, Janice. Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits. New
York: Columbia, 1988.
- 10 tracks from an original women in rock known for her
scratchy, powerful voice including her classic "Piece Of My Heart"
and a rock rendition of Gershwin's classic "Summertime". Music
Media Center -- CALL NUMBER: CD 2490
- Madonna. The Immaculate Collection. New York:
Sire/Warner Bros., 1990.
- This disc contains 18 of her greatest hits written between 1981
and 1990 like "Lucky Star" and "Holiday" from the beginning of her
career and more recent tunes like "Vogue" and "Justify My Love".
Music Media Center -- CALL NUMBER: CD 2537
- Queen Latifah. All Hail the Queen. New York: Tommy
- 15 tracks by the queen of rap with her group Flavor Unit and
other featured artists. Includes songs like "Latifah's Law" and
"Evil That Men Do". Music Media Center -- CALL NUMBER: CD 2634
- Salt-n-Pepa. Very Necessary. New York: Next
- An album recorded by three feminist rappers who were the first
to break through this male-dominated genre. They call themselves
"Salt", "Pepa", and "Spinderella". With tunes like "I've Got AIDS"
and "Somebody's Getting On My Nerves". Music Media Center -- CALL
NUMBER: CD 3023