Women in Music: A Research and Information Guide

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Karin Pendle & Melinda Boyd, eds., WOMEN IN MUSIC: A RESEARCH AND INFORMATION GUIDE, 2nd edition. New York: Routledge, 2010. (Routledge music bibliographies.) 868p. indexes. $155.00, ISBN 978-0415994200.

Thirty years ago, the number of scholarly works on women's contributions to music could probably have been counted on your fingers. Not so today: with well-established women's studies departments at most leading academic institutions, many scholars are working in this area. This second edition of Women in Music, ably compiled by Karin Pendle and associate editor Melinda Boyd, has continued to help make this literature accessible. Although the preface acknowledges that this work cannot be considered a complete listing, it gives us a very solid foundation with which to work.

Focusing on materials published primarily between 1980 and 2010 (mostly from the global North), this edition extends ten years beyond the first one. Again divided into sections, the bibliography provides lists of reference works, general histories, collections of essays, feminist perspectives, and issues around sexuality, as well as works focusing on education and careers, women's patronage of music, and ethnomusicology. It also covers specific historical periods, country and geographic area information, and genres, including stage, film, rock, pop, blues, jazz, country, folk, and gospel. Another extensive section covers individual women musicians. It is easily the most comprehensive work to date, although Ericson's Women in Music: A Selective Annotated Bibliography on Women and Gender Issues in Music has unique sections on social construction, perception, and psychology. …