Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity

Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity

Sheila Whiteley / Sep 23, 2019

Women and Popular Music Sexuality Identity and Subjectivity Women and Popular Music explores the changing role of women musicians and the ways in which their songs resonate in popular culture Sheila Whiteley begins by examining the counter culture s reactionar

  • Title: Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity
  • Author: Sheila Whiteley
  • ISBN: 9780415211901
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Women and Popular Music explores the changing role of women musicians and the ways in which their songs resonate in popular culture Sheila Whiteley begins by examining the counter culture s reactionary attitudes to women through the lyrics of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones She explores the ways in which artists like Joplin and Joni Mitchell confronted issues of sexuaWomen and Popular Music explores the changing role of women musicians and the ways in which their songs resonate in popular culture Sheila Whiteley begins by examining the counter culture s reactionary attitudes to women through the lyrics of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones She explores the ways in which artists like Joplin and Joni Mitchell confronted issues of sexuality and freedom, redefining women s participation in the industry, and assesses the personal cost of their achievements She considers how stars such as Annie Lennox, Madonna and k.d lang have confronted issues of gender stereotyping and sexuality, through pop videos for Justify My Love and Sweet Dreams Are Made of This , and looks at the enduring importance of the singer songwriter through artists such as Tracey Chapman Lastly, she assesses the contribution of contemporary artists including Tori Amos, P.J Harvey and Courtney Love, and asks whether the Spice Girls are just a cartoon feminist pop group or if they provide positive role models for teenage girls.

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      • Sheila Whiteley

        Sheila Whiteley has an international reputation as a feminist musicologist, writer and researcher into issues of identify and subjectivity She was awarded the first Chair of Popular Music in the UK in 2000 for her work in gender, sexuality and culture and she continues to influence generations of academics, researchers and musicologists.


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    1. The fun in reading Women and Popular Music lies in reading a chapter, listening to all the music mentioned and dissected within, then repeating. Sheila Whiteley's tour of popular American/British music made by women since about the 1960s (but only until the late 1990s) covers a lot of wonderful artists, some of whom I didn't know about at all (e.g. Joan Armatrading), and ones I know about but were pushed to listen to more (e.g. Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman - and thank goodness I did). And I c [...]


    2. the focus is on big name women and their messages and/or lifestyle. of course she couldn't cover everything, but there was lots of focus on how chords change, and she kept the social movement aspect disjointed from the music. both should have been placed together. since they were separate, it became more of a background instead of being a give and take. there was also no mention of the meaning to the audience. like with madonna, she opened discussion about female sexual drive. there was a discus [...]


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