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Evelyn McDonnell’s New Book ‘WOMEN WHO ROCK’ Out 10/9 | Celebrates 100+ Greatest Female Musicians

A GORGEOUSLY ILLUSTRATED, UNPRECEDENTED
CELEBRATION OF MORE THAN 100 PIONEERING FEMALE ARTISTS

INCLUDING TORI AMOS, SANTIGOLD, L7 & KATHLEEN HANNA
WITH ESSAYS BY ALICE BAG ON JUNE MILLINGTON
+ ALLISON WOLFE ON LIZ PHAIR

NATIONAL BOOK TOUR KICKS OFF IN LA, OCTOBER 10

“Women who bend, break, and create code tend to be dismissed as weirdos, freaks, divas, or bitches. This book honors them as heroes, leaders, geniuses, and, in Miami rapper Trina’s phrase, da baddest bitches—as women who rock.” – Evelyn McDonnell

Oct. 10: Book Soup, West Hollywood, 7pm
(with Allison Wolfe and Lucretia Tye Jasmine)
Oct. 12: Museum of Pop, Seattle, 7:30pm
co-presented by Seattle Town Hall
(with Gillian G. Gaar)
Oct. 14: Powells Books, Portland, Oregon, 7:30pm
(with Solvej Schou)
Oct. 20: Golden Notebook, Woodstock, 3pm
(with Holly George-Warren, Vivien Goldman)
Oct. 21: Launch party presented by Persisticon @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, 5:30-10pm
(with Janeane Garafolo, Murray Hill, Abbi Crutchfield, Shasta Geaux-Pop,
and more. Benefit for Emily’s List.)
Nov. 14: Books Inc. in the Marina, San Francisco, 7pm
(with Michelle Threadgould)

From Bessie Smith and The Supremes to Joan Baez, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Dolly Parton, Sleater-Kinney, Taylor Swift, and scores more, women have played an essential and undeniable role in the evolution of popular music including blues, rock and roll, country, folk, glam rock, punk, and hip hop. Today, in a world traditionally dominated by male artists, women have a stronger influence on popular music than ever before. In WOMEN WHO ROCK (Black Dog & Leventhal; October 9, 2018), writer and professor of journalism Evelyn McDonnell leads a team of noted women rock writers and pundits in an all-out celebration of more than 100 of the greatest female musicians.

Organized chronologically, the book profiles each artist and places her in the context of both her genre and the musical world at large. Sidebars throughout recall key moments that shaped both the trajectory of music and how those moments influenced or were influenced by women artists.

With a stunning, specially commissioned, full-color illustrated portrait of every musician and group by women artists, WOMEN WHO ROCK will be the long-awaited gift book for every music fan, feminist, and female rocker, young and old.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Evelyn McDonnell is associate professor of journalism at Loyola Marymount University. She has been writing about popular culture and society for more than 20 years. She is the author of four books: Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork and Rent by Jonathan Larson. She coedited the anthologies Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap and Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth. She lives in Los Angeles.

WOMEN WHO ROCK
Bessie to Beyoncé. Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl.
Edited by Evelyn McDonnell
Black Dog & Leventhal | October 9, 2018 | $35.00 | 416 Pages | ISBN: 9780316558877

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