Women in Music – Rock and Roll

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

Gender in the Music Industry: Rock, Discourse and Girl Power by Marion Leonard. 2017. Routledge, 251 pages.

Right by Her Roots: Americana Women and Their Songs by Jewly Hight. 2012. Baylor University Press, 248 pages.

Rock-and-Roll Woman: The 50 Fiercest Female Rockers by Meredith Ochs. 2018. Sterling, 224 pages.

‘Rock On’: Women, Ageing and Popular Music edited by Abigail Gardner and Ros Jennings. 2016. Routledge, 186 pages.

Laura Davis-Chanin

The Girl in the Back: A Female Drummer’s Life with Bowie, Blondie, and the ’70s Rock Scene by Laura Davis-Chanin. 2018. Backbeat Books, 274 pages.

Melissa Etheridge

The Truth Is . . .: My Life in Love and Music by Melissa Etheridge with Laura Morton. 2011. Random House [revised ed.], 256 pages.

Marianne Faithfull

Faithfull: An Autobiography by Marianne Faithfull with David Dalton. 2000. Cooper Square Press, 336 pages.

Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record by Marianne Faithfull. 2014. Rizzoli, 300 pages.

Memories, Dreams and Reflections by Marianne Faithfull. 2008. Harper Perennial, 323 pages.

Gibson Guitars

Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of World War II by John Thomas. 2014. American History Press, 288 pages.

Heavy Metal

Gender, Metal and the Media: Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music by Rosemary Lucy Hill. 2016. Palgrave Macmillan, 184 pages.

Queerness in Heavy Metal Music: Metal Bent by Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone. 2015. Routledge, 180 pages.

Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music by Robert Walser. 2014. Wesleyan [2nd ed.], 256 pages.

What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal by Laina Dawes. 2012. Bazillion Points, 224 pages.

Wicked Woman: Women in Metal from the 1960s to Now by Addison Herron-Wheeler. 2014. CreateSpace, 108 pages.

Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde. 2015. Doubleday, 336 pages.

Janis Joplin

Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin by Myra Friedman. 1992. Three Rivers Press [updated ed.], 400 pages.

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel. 2010. Harry N. Abrams, 128 pages.

Love, Janis by Laura Joplin. 2005. It Books [reprint], 464 pages.

On the Road with Janis Joplin by John Byrne Cooke. 2014. Berkley, 429 pages.

Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin by Ellis Amburn. 1993. Grand Central Publishing, 372 pages.

Piece Of My Heart by David Dalton. 2009. Da Capo Press, 284 pages.

Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin by Alice Echols. 2000. Metropolitan Books, 433 pages.

Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)

Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis. 2017. St. Martin’s Press, 352 pages.

Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumours by Zoë Howe. 2014. Omnibus Press, 445 pages.

Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane)

Somebody to Love?: A Rock-and-Roll Memoir by Grace Slick with Andrea Cagen. 1998. Grand Central Publishing, 384 pages.

Ronnie Spector (The Ronettes)

Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness or My Life as a Fabulous Ronette by Ronnie Spector with Vince Waldron. 2016. Words in Edgewise, 376 pages.

Rosetta Tharpe

Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe by Gayle Wald. 2007. Beacon Press [reprint], 264 pages.

Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart)

Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll by Ann and Nancy Wilson with Charles R. Cross. 2012. It Books, 288 pages.


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