“A must for rock and roll and women's studies enthusiasts.—Library Journal Celebrate the women who rock, with this fully illustrated tribute to 50 iconic female musicians and bands.
Award-winning radio personality Meredith Ochs takes an insightful look at 50 rock icons who indelibly shook up the music scene, whether solo or in a band. Profiling women from the 1950s to today, and from multiple genres, Ochs tells the dramatic stories behind their journeys to success, their music, and their enduring impact. More than 100 photographs make this a rich volume, and the idols include Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Joan Jett and the Runaways, the Go-Go’s, Karen O, Sleater-Kinney, Grace Potter, and more.
“Gorgeous, fun, fact-filled.” –Overdrive
“Ochs crisscrosses eras and genres effortlessly.” –Americana Highways
Topped the list of “10 Books to Read in 2019 by SXSW Speakers.”
“Ochs (The Bruce Springsteen Vault; host of Freewheelin’ on Sirius XM) selects 50 of the ‘fiercest’ female rock and roll performers to represent a wide variety of styles—some with roots in gospel, ballad, and blues, and others from the worlds of riot grrrls and punk. Ochs includes early forerunners—Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Big Mama Thornton—and more recent names such as Grace Potter and Brittany Howard. There are established headliners—the late Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, and Carole King—as well as those not as immediately recognizable: Exene Cervenka, Poison Ivy, and Karen O. Succinct, but rich biographies highlight the women’s stories, defining musical style, major hits, and performance career as well as their influence within the larger cultural scene. These eclectic narratives are crisp, absorbing, and well structured and accompanied by scores of excellent photos—all designed in an eye-catching format. VERDICT A must for rock and roll and women’s studies enthusiasts. It will also appeal to those who wish to become better acquainted with the genre and the women who were a force in its development.”—Library Journal
About the Author
Meredith Ochs is an award-winning broadcast journalist, author, musician, photographer, and deejay. She is a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Salon.com, and Loudwire. She was also the first female editor at Guitar World magazine. Ochs is the author of The Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography and a contributor to the Belmont Award-winning Woman Walk the Line, about female country stars. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @meredithochs.