Women & Music

Publication covering music and women.

Articles from Vol. 16, Annual

"Between Death and Life": Mobility, War, and Marshallese Women's Songs of Survival
Q: Can you tell me about Marshallese music before the missionaries? A: I'm not sure about music before the missionaries, but I know that the women always made battle songs. --Bikinian councilman Majuro, interview by the author, 2009 In 2006...
Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical
Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical. By Stacy Wolf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 306 pp. Stacy Wolf's Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical deftly traces the changing roles of women in...
Complementarity and Cultural Ideals: Women's Roles in Contemporary Canadian Powwows
In many First Nations communities across Canada, complementarity between the sexes is recognized as a common philosophical paradigm originating long before contact with non-Natives. (1) Complementarity is not to be viewed as equality or "sameness"...
Dusty! Queen of the Postmods
Dusty! Queen of the Postmods. By Annie Janeiro Randall. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. 240 pp. Annie Randall's groundbreaking book on Dusty Springfield has now been in print for over three years, but you wouldn't know it. Although this review...
Female Singers and the Maladie Morale in Parisian Lyric Theaters, 1830-1850
In 1835 music critic Henri Blanchard wrote a provocative article titled "Les actrices mariees," published in the theater journal Le monde dramatique. The article opened with a mock conversation conveying the critic's concern with morality in Parisian...
Making Waves: Opening Keynote for the Twentieth Anniversary of the Feminist Theory and Music Conference
It is a great honor to have been invited to deliver this keynote. When we first launched the concept of such an event in Minneapolis twenty years ago, no one could have anticipated that it would still be going full blast in 2011. We all owe its continued...
Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound
Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound. By Tara Rodgers. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010. 322 pp. The title of Tara Rodgers's Pink Noises: Wornen on Electronic Music and Sound comes from a term in electronic music referring to...
Reflections on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Women Making Music
What a pleasure it is to be here as a plenary speaker for the twentieth anniversary of the Feminist Theory in Music Conference. It has been so heartening to experience the new work in the field as younger generations continue to rise to the challenges...
Resounding Chicana Music: Listening to Eva Garza
This essay is based on a keynote address given at the twentieth anniversary of the Feminist Theory and Music conference (FTM II). The keynote address was based on my forthcoming book Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda (University...
Someday They Will Dance
In early 2010 a book chapter by feminist scholar Roberta Lamb asserting that the ostensibly radical MayDay Group is hegemonic and exclusionary drew a firestorm of criticism. (1) Prominent members of the MayDay Group, which is composed largely of music...
Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women's Music
Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women's Music. By Eileen Hayes. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010. 248 pp. I was fortunate enough to have been able to take an excellent seminar on women and music in graduate school....
Sounding Out!
Sounding Out! By Madelyn Byrne, Renee T. Coulombe, Linda Dusman, Mara Helmuth, Kristin Norderval, and Anna Rubin. Redland, FL: Everglade Records, 2010. DVD. A percussive sound rolls around the listening space just prior to an emergence of numerous...
Wagner and the Erotic Impulse
Wagner and the Erotic Impulse. By Laurence Dreyfus. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010. 288 pp. Left to your own devices one evening, you feel a little restless and think to quell the feeling with music. Perhaps you sit down at the piano...