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Women Who Rock – the women, the women writers

Introduction & Editor’s Note by Evelyn McDonnell

 

  • The Birth of Recording and Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

 By Daphne A. Brooks

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

By Stephanie Phillips

Mahalia Jackson

By Jana Martin

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton

By Gillian G. Gaar

Wanda Jackson

By Gillian G. Gaar

Patsy Cline

By Holly George-Warren

Nina Simone

By Daphne A. Brooks

Odetta

By Kandia Crazy Horse

Joan Baez

By Ann Powers

Carole King

By Gillian G. Gaar

Celia Cruz

By Michelle Threadgould

Tina Turner

By Katherine Turman

Aretha Franklin

By Caryn Rose

 

  • Dancing in the Streets

Darlene Love

By Gillian G. Gaar

Ronnie Spector

By Stephanie Phillips

Diana Ross

By Caryn Rose

Dusty Springfield

By Stephanie Phillips

Marianne Faithfull

By Kandia Crazy Horse

Grace Slick

By Katherine Turman

Laura Nyro

By Kandia Crazy Horse

Janis Joplin

By Ali Gitlow

Carol Kaye

By Katherine Turman

Cher

By Lucretia Tye Jasmine

Dolly Parton

By Lucretia Tye Jasmine

Mavis Staples

By Gayle Wald

 

  • Ladies of the Canyon

Joni Mitchell

By Jana Martin

The GTO’s

By Lucretia Tye Jasmine

Yoko Ono

By Gillian G. Gaar

Patti LaBelle

By Theo Kogan

Linda Ronstadt

By Kandia Crazy Horse

Karen Carpenter

By Lucretia Tye Jasmine

June Millington

By Alice Bag

Bonnie Raitt

By Michelle Threadgould

Betty Davis

By jessica Care moore

Suzi Quatro

By Katherine Turman

Chaka Khan

By Mukta Mohan

Emmylou Harris

By Kandia Crazy Horse

Stevie Nicks

By Kandia Crazy Horse

Donna Summer

By Ann Powers

 

  • “Punk Is My Gender”

Patti Smith

By Solvej Schou

Heart

By Lucretia Tye Jasmine

Debbie Harry

By Theo Kogan

Joan Jett

By Caryn Rose

Grace Jones

By Ali Gitlow

Poly Styrene

By Stephanie Phillips

Siouxsie Sioux

By Caryn Rose

Kate Bush

By Liz Pelly

Alice Bag

By Michelle Threadgould

Chrissie Hynde

By Wendy Case

Exene Cervenka

By Caryn Rose

Poison Ivy

By Gillian G. Gaar

ESG

By Stephanie Phillips

 

  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun

The Go-Go’s

 By Jeanne Fury

Laurie Anderson

By Michelle Threadgould

Diamanda Galás

By Michelle Threadgould

Cyndi Lauper

By Jeanne Fury

Madonna

By Rebecca Haithcoat

Kim Gordon

By Jana Martin

k.d. lang

By Lucretia Tye Jasmine

Whitney Houston

By Rebecca Haithcoat

Janet Jackson

By Rebecca Haithcoat

Salt-N-Pepa

By Gillian G. Gaar

Sinéad O’Connor

By Peaches

Angelique Kidjo

By Vivien Goldman

Lucinda Williams

By Katherine Turman

L7

By Katherine Turman

Selena

By Michelle Threadgould

Queen Latifah

By Shana L. Redmond

Ani DiFranco

By Lucretia Tye Jasmine

 

  • Girl Power

Kathleen Hanna

By Gayle Wald

Courtney Love

By Lucretia Tye Jasmine

Liz Phair

By Allison Wolfe

TLC

By Ali Gitlow

Tori Amos

By Adele Bertei

PJ Harvey

By Solvej Schou

Gwen Stefani

By Katherine Turman

Björk

By DJ Lynnée Denise

Lauryn Hill

By Salamishah Tillet

Aaliyah

By Stephanie Phillips

Shirley Manson

By Annie Zaleski

Sleater-Kinney

By Liz Pelly

Fiona Apple

By Rebecca Haithcoat

  • Fly Girls

Missy Elliott

By Rebecca Haithcoat

Erykah Badu

By Stephanie Phillips

Neko Case

By Annie Zaleski

Dixie Chicks

By Jewly Hight

Beyoncé

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Tegan and Sara

By Jenn Pelly

Peaches

By Jana Martin

Sharon Jones

By Solvej Schou

Laura Jane Grace

By Katherine Turman

Amy Winehouse

By Stephanie Phillips

 

  • A Seat at the Table

M.I.A.

By Ali Gitlow

Rihanna

By Rebecca Haithcoat

Ana Tijoux

By Michelle Threadgould

Taylor Swift

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Adele

By Annie Zaleski

Janelle Monáe

By Daphne A. Brooks

Lady Gaga

By Annie Zaleski

Santigold

By DJ Lynnée Denise

Nicki Minaj

By Ali Gitlow

Pussy Riot

By Katherine Turman

Brittany Howard

By Shana L. Redmond