Notable Moments of Women in Music
By Jay Warner
Foreword by Melissa Etheridge
Published by Hal Leonard Books
October / $19.95 / Paperback / ISBN: 978-1-4234-2951-7
456 pages, B&W photos throughout
Pioneering, gutsy, innovative and inspiring — these are some of the characteristics of the women who have shaped modern music history. In this book, author Jay Warner traces the evolution of women in music from the stages of vaudeville and the blues saloons of the South to the whirlwind of Woodstock and today’s pop music star factory. They’re all here — the glamorous torchers, gospel dynamos, rock rebels, protest singers, punk provocateurs, pop divas, and heavy metal hellraisers.
Both a resource and a celebration, this rich volume gathers and threads together the countless contributions made by such artists as Bessie Smith, Patsy Cline, Diana Ross, Joni Mitchell, Chrissie Hynde, Madonna, the Dixie Chicks, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, and more.
Ranging from historical milestones to little-known biographical facts to newly unearthed trivia, these notable moments clearly illustrate the story of these extraordinary artists and how they influenced music, culture — and each other. Throughout are quotes by and about many of these women, including:
“Once, when we were playing at the Apollo, Billie Holiday was working a block away at the Harlem Opera House. Some of us went over between shows to catch her. I did something then, and I still don’t know if it was the right thing to do — I asked her for her autograph.” — Ella Fitzgerald
“Etta James is earthy and gritty, ribald and out there in a way that few performers have the guts to be. From the first time I heard her as a teenager, there was just something about that ache I heard that got me bad. Still does.” — Bonnie Raitt
“After we sold 3 or 4 million albums, we thought we wouldn’t be treated like an all-girl band any more but as a rock ‘n’ roll band. It never really worked.” — Belinda Carlisle
“Anybody who tries to tell you I haven’t paid my dues, I guarantee you, hasn’t been on American Idol.” — Carrie Underwood
About the author:
Jay Warner is a bestselling author and six-time Grammy-winning music publisher. His books include American Singing Groups, How to Have Your Hit Song Published, and On This Day in Music History. He lives in Los Angeles.