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‘Women Rock!’ in Philip Auslander’s vibrant, engrossing and erudite new book by White Star Publishers

Women Rock! Tracy Chapman

It is an unfortunate reality that the story of rock music is often told without due recognition to its female contributors. The chronology is familiar: The era of Elvis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard gives way to the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and the Doors in the 1960s, only to be replaced in the ’70s by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. On and on it goes from one chart topping epoch to another with female rockers, no matter their success, seeming to exist as a notable novelty in the shadow of their male counterparts.

Women Rock! Janis Joplin

With the release of Women Rock!: Portraits in Popular Music, White Star Publishers and Georgia Tech performance studies professor Philip Auslander — already known for his writing on popular music — seek to correct the narrative.

The book is a vibrant and engrossing photo compendium from the art rock stylings of Bjork and Kate Bush to the rip-roaring heavy metal of Doro and everything in between. It’s a visual smorgasbord, but Auslander’s deep, erudite prose are what sets the project apart from similar fare. 

Women Rock! Billie Eilish


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