Women in Music – Pop

First Ladies of Disco: 32 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers by James Arena. 2013. McFarland, 268 pages.

Gender, Branding, and the Modern Music Industry: The Social Construction of Female Popular Music Stars by Kristin J. Lieb. 2018. Routledge [second ed.], 294 pages.

Resilience & Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism by Robin James. 2015. Zero Books, 235 pages.

Respect: Women and Popular Music by Dorothy Marcic. 2015. TeeCeeBee Publishing, 362 pages.

Sexing the Groove: Popular Music and Gender by Sheila Whiteley. 2013. Routledge, 392 pages.

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


Adele by Sarah-Louise James. 2012. Carlton, 176 pages.

Adele: The Biography by Chas Newkey-Burden. 2015. The Overlook Press [updated ed.], 256 pages.

Lily Allen

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen. 2018. Blink Publishing, 368 pages.

Tori Amos

Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek. 2013. Scarecrow Press, 186 pages.


Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story by J. Randy Taraborrelli. 2015. Grand Central Publishing, 512 pages.

The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and Feminism by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek. 2016. McFarland, 229 pages.

Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism by Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley. 2018. University of Texas Press, 216 pages.

Beyoncé: Running the World: The Biography by Anna Pointer. 2014. Coronet, 400 pages.


Cher: Strong Enough by Josiah Howard. 2014. Plexus Publishing Ltd., 288 pages.

Fantasia Barrino

Life Is Not a Fairy Tale by Fantasia. 2006. Touchstone, 240 pages.


Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop edited by Laura Barcella. 2012. Soft Skull Press, 306 pages.

Madonna as Postmodern Myth: How One Star’s Self-Construction Rewrites Sex, Gender, Hollywood and the American Dream by Georges-Claude Guilbert. 2015. McFarland, 264 pages.

My Madonna: My Intimate Friendship With The Blue Eyed Girl On Her Arrival In New York by Norris W. Burroughs. 2012. Whimsy Literary Agency LLC, 125 pages.

Dusty Springfield

Dancing with Demons: The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield by Penny Valentine and Vicki Wickham. 2014. St. Martin’s Press, 312 pages.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift: This Is Our Song by Tyler Conroy. 2016. Simon & Schuster, 304 pages.

Amy Winehouse

Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse. 2012. It Books, 336 pages.

Amy Winehouse: The Biography 1983-2011 by Chas Newkey-Burden. 2011. John Blake, 230 pages.

Back to Black: Amy Winehouse’s Only Masterpiece by Donald Brackett. 2016. Backbeat Books, 272 pages.

Loving Amy: A Mother’s Story by Janis Winehouse. 2016. Thomas Dunne Books [reprint], 305 pages.



This post contains affiliate links.