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Apologies in advance if this has been mentioned before. I'm not posting it in the Sonic 2021 thread because it's scheduled for April 2022.

 


From White Rabbit Books:

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This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music is edited by Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson and features contributors Anne Enright, Fatima Bhutto, Jenn Pelly, Rachel Kushner, Juliana Huxtable, Leslie Jamison, Liz Pelly, Maggie Nelson, Margo Jefferson, Megan Jasper, Ottessa Moshfegh, Simone White, Yiyun Li and Zakia Sewell.

Published to challenge the historic narrative of music and music writing being written by men, for men, This Woman’s Work seeks to confront the male dominance and sexism that have been hard-coded in the canons of music, literature, and film and has forced women to fight pigeon-holing or being side-lined by carving out their own space. Women have to speak up, to shout louder to tell their story – like the auteurs and ground-breakers featured in this collection, including: Anne Enright on Laurie Anderson; Megan Jasper on her ground-breaking work with Sub Pop; Margo Jefferson on Bud Powell and Ella Fitzgerald; and Fatima Bhutto on music and dictatorship.

This Woman’s Work also features writing on the experimentalists, women who blended music and activism, the genre-breakers, the vocal auteurs; stories of lost homelands and friends; of propaganda and dictatorships, the women of folk and country, the racialised tropes of jazz, the music of Trap and Carriacou; of mixtapes and violin lessons.

More details from thebookseller.com...

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White Rabbit scores 'stellar' collection on pioneering women in music

White Rabbit has acquired This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music, an essay collection edited by founding member of band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon, and former music journalist Sinéad Gleeson.

Lee Brackstone, publisher, bought world rights with Ben Schafer at Hachette US. Publication is scheduled for 7th April 2022.

This Woman’s Work is a collection of essays by female writers, writing about the female artists, movements and pioneers that matter to them and about their own personal experiences. The synopsis explains: "For too long, the narrative of music and music writing has been written by men, for men. Male dominance and sexism have been hard-coded in the canons – in literature, film and music – and women have had to fight pigeon-holing or being sidelined by carving out their own space. To speak up. To shout louder. The instrument makers, the experimentalists, the avant-garde, the genre-breakers, the pop queens – this book is for and about the women who kicked in doors, as pioneers of their craft or making politics central to their sound: those who offer a new way of thinking about the vast spectrum of women in music."

Contributors include Anne Enright, Fatima Bhutto, Jenn Pelly, Juliana Huxtable, Leslie Jamison, Liz Pelly, Maggie Nelson, Margo Jefferson, Megan Jasper, Ottessa Moshfegh, Simone White, Yiyun Li and Zakia Sewell.

Gordon, who published her memoir Girl in a Band with Faber in 2015, said: "'What’s it like to be a girl in a band?' The often-repeated question throughout my career as a musician made me feel disrupted, a freak or that we are all the same. I once asked my boyfriend what it was like to have a penis. To me they are sort of equivalent questions. If it was born out of pure curiosity it’s understandable. Hopefully this book begins an unravelling of the myth that if you’re a female musician you are a ready-made, easily digestible. I loved working with Sinéad on this book – she is a true inspiration! And so thrilled to be working with Lee Brackstone again."

Gleeson, author of Constellations: Reflections from Life (Picador), added: "Music has been a massive part of my life, from fan to music journalist and writer, I’ve always been aware that male narratives have dominated this industry; valorised and prioritised above many ground-breaking female practitioners. Women (like Kim) had to carve out their own space within it, and we wanted to create a book that asked women to tell us about the female artists, movements and pioneers that matter to them. It’s been honour to find these stories, and to work alongside Kim — who I first saw play in Dublin with Sonic Youth when I was 16. This Woman's Work has a stellar list of contributors writing across subjects both familiar and niche and we hope there's something in here for every music fan."

Brackstone commented: "Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson are two inspirational figures in their respective fields and a classic A Team to deliver a book which explores the female experience in music, as a practitioner, an insider, an observer, a critic, a fan and so much more. This Woman’s Work is a wonderfully eclectic and illuminating collection of perspectives and experiences on music, as seen exclusively by women – who have been historically marginalised in the blokey world of music writing (says the bloke). I am so happy to be reunited with Kim after working together on her memoir and Sinead who has the sharpest eye around for essays that go deep."

...and even more details from Bleep, which has signed copies for preorder:

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Contributors:
  1. Kim Gordon - writing about Yoshimi
  2. Sinead Gleeson - writing about Wendy Carlson
  3. Ottessa Moshfegh - writing about her own ventures into the music world
  4. Juliana Huxtable - writing about sound, noise art, sex, orgasms, blackness
  5. Maggie Nelson - writing about Lhasa
  6. Rachel Kushner - writing about Wanda Jackson
  7. Anne Enright - writing about Laurie Anderson
  8. Yiyun Li - writing about learning to love American music
  9. Leslie Jamison - writing about mixtapes
  10. Fatima Bhutto - writing about the power of music in cultures that suppress it
  11. Liz Pelly
  12. Jenn Pelly
  13. Megan Jasper - writing about working at Sub Pop
  14. Simone White
  15. Margo Jefferson - writing about jazz and blackness
  16. Zakia Sewell
So, no: despite the title, no Kate Bush content, apparently.
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