Book Hunters in Brief #85: Women of Rock

There was a time--not all that long ago--when a guy could say, "she plays guitar pretty good...for a girl" without being thought to be a barely-sentient accretion of cheese puff dust and questionable hygienic practices.

Those days are gone (at least among reasonably enlightened music lovers) and, in the case of rock and roll, it only took sixty or seventy years!

This week, Book Hunters give a shout out to women who rock.

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect & the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece by Matt Dobkin

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel

She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll by Gillian G. Gaar

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Shout, Sister, Shout: The Untold Story of Rock and Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe by Gayle Wald

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Of course, women who rock are not limited to the realm of music. Book Hunters know women rock business, politics, medicine, and any number of worlds that were once the exclusive stomping grounds of males--as if that 'y' chromosome were some secret handshake. Book Hunters can find books about pioneering women or any subject under the sun.