Women in Music – General Reference

Black Women and Music: More than the Blues edited by Eileen M. Hayes and Linda F. Williams. 2007. University of Illinois Press, 280 pages.

The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race, and the Philosophy of Music by Robin James. 2010. Lexington Books, 210 pages.

Eden Built by Eves: The Culture of Women’s Music Festivals by Bonnie J. Morris. 2000. Alyson, 392 pages.

Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality by Susan Mcclary. 2002. Univ Of Minnesota Press, 248 pages.

Frock Rock: Women Performing Popular Music by Mavis Bayton. 1998. Oxford University Press, 264 pages.

From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their Music by Helen Walker-Hill. 2007. University of Illinois Press, 428 pages.

Gender and Rock by Mary Celeste Kearney. 2017. Oxford University Press, 393 pages.

Gender and the Musical Canon by Marcia J. Citron. 2000. University of Illinois Press, 328 pages.

Girl Groups: Fabulous Females Who Rocked the World by John Clemente. 2013. AuthorHouse, 642 pages.

Girls Rock!: Fifty Years of Women Making Music by Mina Carson, Tisa Lewis, and Susan M. Shaw. 2004. University Press of Kentucky, 272 pages.

Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives edited by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten. 2015. Rare Bird Books, 291 pages.

Music, Gender, Education by Lucy Green. 1997. Cambridge University Press, 296 pages.

Musicology and Difference: Gender and Sexuality in Music Scholarship edited by Ruth A. Solie. 1995. University of California Press, 353 pages.

New Historical Anthology of Music by Women edited by James R. Briscoe. 2004. Indiana University Press, 536 pages.

Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap edited by Evelyn McDonnell and Ann Powers. 2014. Plexus Publishing, 496 pages.

She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop & Soul by Lucy O’Brien. 2012. Jawbone [third ed.], 432 pages.

She Bop II: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul by Lucy O’Brien. 2004. Continuum, 548 pages.

She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll by Gillian G. Gaar. 2002. Seal Press, 493 pages.

She’s So Fine: Reflections on Whiteness, Femininity, Adolescence and Class in 1960s Music edited by Laurie Stras. 2017. Routledge, 269 pages.

Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women’s Music by Eileen M. Hayes. 2010. University of Illinois Press, 248 pages.

Trouble girls: the Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock. 1997. Random House, 575 pages.

Unsung: A History of Women in American Music by Christine Ammer2016. Book Baby, 600 pages.

Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity edited by Jacqueline Warwick and Allison Adrian. 2016. Routledge, 310 pages.

We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The True, Tough Story of Women in Rock by Gerri Hirshey. 2001. Atlantic Monthly Press, 272 pages.

Women and Music: A History edited by Karin Pendle. 2001. Indiana University Press, 528 pages.

Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity by Sheila Whiteley. 2013. Routledge, 261 pages.

Women In Music: An Anthology of Source Readings from the Middle Ages to the Present edited by Carol Neuls-Bates. 1995. Northeastern [revised], 384 pages.

Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern edited by Julia Downes. 2012. Aurora Metro Press. 320 pages.

Women, Music, Culture: An Introduction by Julie C. Dunbar. 2015. Routledge [2nd ed], 420 pages.

Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce. Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl. by Evelyn McDonnell. 2018. Black Dog & Leventhal, 416 pages.


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