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The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era (Studies in Popular Music) [Paperback]

Helen Reddington
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1 April 2012 Studies in Popular Music
For background and an interview with the author go to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/aug/08/gender.arts In the late 1970s and early 1980s a new phenomenon emerged in UK popular music female guitarists, bass-players, keyboard-players and drummers began playing in bands. Before this time, women s presence in rock bands, with a few notable exceptions, had always been as vocalists. This sudden influx of female musicians into the male domain of rock music was brought about by the enabling ethic of punk rock ( anybody can do it! ) and by the impact of the Sex Discrimination Act. With the demise of the punk scene, interest in these musicians evaporated and other priorities became important to music audiences. This book investigates the social and commercial reasons why these women became lost from the rock music record, and rewrites this period of popular music history. In addition to a wealth of original interview material with key protagonists, including the late John Peel, Geoff Travis, The Raincoats and Poison Girls, this new edition has been updated to include interviews with members of Birmingham-based band The Au Pairs, Leeds-based band Delta 5 and Viv Albertine of The Slits. Lucy Whitman (aka Lucy Toothpaste), who started the fanzine Jolt and later wrote for Spare Rib, also provides enlightening words on the relationship between female punk band members and feminism. The author also draws on her own experience as bass-player in a punk band.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845539575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845539573
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An entertaining and important book.' --Mojo

'A fascinating social and cultural history --Popular Music

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Helen Reddington teaches at the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, at the University of East London, UK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book written by an expert in the field 7 Oct 2013
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A comprehensive, well researched and eminently readable exploration of women in music in the 1970s and 1980s. A must for music lovers, ageing punks and especially for those women who paved the way for women to be regarded properly as musicians..not just eye candy backing singers
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I don't write reviews anymore , because who cares about my opinion anyway? But I have to say something about this work. Lost women in rock is an excellent book about punk rock history and the bands that got lost in its archives. I always had a fondness for the slits, x ray specks, raincoats and many others that cover the late 70s and early 80s time period in Britain. RIP Ari Up and Poly Styrene!
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