Book Explores City's Place in Music History

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Byline: Laura Davis

"WHY are women not more visible on the local scene and in histories of Liverpool music?" is one of the questions posed by the authors of a new book about the city's cultural heritage.

Edited by Marion Leonard and Robert Strachan, of the University of Liverpool's school of music, The Beat Goes On examines the factors that have contributed to the city's worldwide reputation as a centre for creativity.

Rather than creating a linear account of the history of popular music, it considers a series of themes and includes contributions from experts alongside essays and interviews with Liverpool musicians.

One of Leonard's own pieces reveals how the contributions of local female musicians are not as well documented as those of their male counterparts.

"Part of the reason why men tend to dominate the history of Liverpool music is that women have generally not been as publicly present as music makers," she says. "The situation is reflective of a more general gender bias within the music industry at a regional, national and international level."

Female musicians who have made it despite their gender include Zutons saxophonist Abi Harding, jazz singer Connie Lush and singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams, she continues. …