Hier findet ihr eine kleine Liste von Büchern über und von  Frauen* in der Musik, die wir euch ans Herz legen wollen. Wir freuen uns immer über Ergänzungen!

  1. Kim Gordon – Girl in a Band
    „a thoughtful, occasionally scathing memoir that recounts her formative years in Sonic Youth, her relationship with Moore, the birth of her daughter, and the origins of her art practice.“ (The New Yorker)
    “Every woman knows what I’m talking about when I say girls grow up with a desire to please, to cede their power to other people. . . everyone knows about the sometimes aggressive and manipulative ways men often exert power in the world, and how by using the word empowered to describe women, men are simply maintaining their own power and control.” (Kim Gordon, Girl in a Band)
  2. Viv Albertine – Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys,Boys
    „Ms. Albertine’s book is wiry and cogent and fearless. It contains story after story about men who told her she couldn’t do things that she did anyway.“ (The New York Times)
  3. Juliane Streich (Hg.) – These Girls – Ein Streifzug durch die feministische Musikgeschichte (German only)
    „In über 100 lehrreichen, kurzweiligen und persönlichen Texten schreiben Journalistinnen und Journalisten, Musikerinnen und Musiker, Fans und Freunde über Bands, die sie prägten, über Künstlerinnen, die den Feminismus eine neue Facette gaben, über Lieblingsplatten, Lebenswerke und Lieder, die sie mitgrölen – vom Klassiker bis zum Außenseitertipp.“
  4. Amy Raphael  – A Seat at the Table
    „a collection of interviews with great women in music like Nadine Shah, Chris(tine & the Queens), Emma the Great, Maggie Rogers and many others.“
  5. Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives
    „a collection of stories about different women such as Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Patti Smith, Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks…“
  6. Lily Allen – My Thoughts Exactly
     „So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change – for the better. This is my story.“ (Lily Allen – My Thoughts Exactly)
  7. Carrie Brownstein – Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
    “We were never trying to deny our femaleness. Instead, we wanted to expand the notion of what it means to be female. The notion of “female” should be so sprawling and complex that it becomes divorced from gender itself. We were considered a female band before we became merely a band; I was a female guitarist and Janet was a female drummer for years before we were simply considered a guitarist and a drummer. I think Sleater-Kinney wanted the privilege of starting from neutral ground, not from a perceived deficit or a linguistic limitation. Anything that isn’t traditional for women apparently requires that we remind people what an anomaly it is, even when it becomes less and less of an anomaly.” (Carrie Brownstein – Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl)
  8. Liz Phair – Horror Stories
  9. Janis Joplin – Janis: her life in music
  10. Patti Smith – Just Kids
  11. Kathy Valentine – All I Ever Wanted
  12. Alicia Keys – More Myself 
  13. Sara Marcus – Girls to the front
  14. Deborah Harry – Face it
  15. Cosey Fanni Tutti – Art sex music
  16. Christina Rosenvinge – Debut
  17. Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler – WA
    „an utterly distinctive sonic approach. Wa is a challenging, expansive record, and all the more rewarding for it.” The Quietus
  18. Maurice Louca – Elephantine
    „Big but clever with it, Elephantine is a dazzling, trance-like triumph.” MOJO Magazine
  19. Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh – Lekhfa
    „remarkable Egyptian indie collaboration is a triumph“ 5* The Guardian
  20. Nadah El Shazly  – Ahwar
    „full of ideas regarding temporality, memory and disillusionment, expressed through free improvised instrumentation, electronics and powerful vocalisation, making Ahwar an utterly unpredictable listen from start to finish.“ The Wire
  21. Viv Albertine  – To Throw Away Unopened
  22. Sylvia Patterson – I’m Not with the Band
  23. Paola Zukar – Rap
  24. Dorothy Carvello – Anything for a Hit
  25. Tracey Thorn – Bedsit Disco Queen
  26. Grace Slick – Somebody to Love 
  27. Joan Baez -And A Voice to Sing With: A Memoir
  28. Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell’
  29. Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound
    “Pink Noises brings together twenty-four interviews with women in electronic music and sound cultures, including club and radio DJs, remixers, composers, improvisers, instrument builders, and installation and performance artists.” (Tara Rodgers, Duke University Press)
  30. Women in Audio
    features almost 100 profiles and stories of audio engineers who are women and have achieved success throughout the history of the trade. Beginning with a historical view, the book covers the achievements of women in various audio professions and then focuses on organizations that support and train women and girls in the industry.” (Leslie Gaston-Bird, Focal Press)
  31. Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman
    The first book to explore the extraordinary career of musician and performance artist Charlotte Moorman, whose work combined classical rigor, avant-garde experiment, and madcap daring.” (Joan Rothfuss, MIT Press)
  32. Intermediary Spaces
    „In the long interview that forms the body of this publication, Éliane Radigue talks about her work, her reflections and underlying research, as well as her historical context.” (Éliane Radigue + Julia Eckhart, Umland Editions
  33. 33 1/3: The Raincoats
    ”In 1979, from the basement of a London squat, the Raincoats reinvented what punk could be.” (Jenn Pelly, Bloomsbury Academic)
  34. I’ll Never Write My Memoir
    “Iconic music and film legend Grace Jones gives an in-depth account of her stellar career, professional and personal life, and the signature look that catapulted her into the stardom stratosphere.” (Grace Jones + Paul Morley, Simon & Schuster)