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Women have always been a part of rock and roll – as musicians, singers, songwriters, producers, promoters, critics, fans and much more. Yet their stories have often been overlooked in rock writing. Thankfully, this myopia is finally receiving a serious corrective, with more and more women writing about their involvement in the rock world.
In the last few years, pioneering figures such as Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Viv Albertine (The Slits) and most recently, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) have all penned memoirs detailing their experiences in a traditionally male-dominated arena. Music critics like Laina Dawes and Sara Marcus have examined the complex intersection of race, gender and rock in the predominantly white male subcultures of heavy metal and punk.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve put together a list of a dozen books that shed a different light on women’s contributions to rock & roll. From I’m With the Band, Pamela Des Barres’ classic account of her escapades with some of the biggest rock bands in the ‘60s & ‘70s, to Violence Girl, Alice Bag’s firsthand account of the birth of the LA punk scene, there’s something on this list for everyone.
Check out our Not Just Another Book about Women in Rock list and tell us about your favorite women rockers (and books about them) in the comments.
If you’re read all these books already and are itching for more, take note: Sleater-Kinney guitarist & Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, comes out this Rocktober.