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Hidden Harmonies - Women and Music in Popular Entertainment

Hidden Harmonies

Women and Music in Popular Entertainment

Edited by Paula J. Bishop & Kendra Preston Leonard
Series: American Made Music Series

Hardcover : 9781496845375, 250 pages, 10 b&w photographs, June 2023
Paperback : 9781496845382, 250 pages, 10 b&w photographs, June 2023
Expected to ship: 2023-06-15
Expected to ship: 2023-06-15

An exploration of the untold stories of lesser-known female musicians


Contributions by Christina Baade, Candace Bailey, Paula J. Bishop, Maribeth Clark, Brittany Greening, Tammy Kernodle, Kendra Preston Leonard, April L. Prince, Travis D. Stimeling, and Kristen M. Turner

For every star, there are hundreds of less-recognized women who contribute to musical communities, influencing their aesthetics and expanding opportunities available to women. Hidden Harmonies: Women and Music in Popular Entertainment focuses not on those whose names are best known nor most celebrated but on the women who had power in collective or subversive ways hidden from standard histories.

Contributors to Hidden Harmonies reexamine primary sources using feminist and queer methodologies as well as critical race theory in order to overcome previous, biased readings. The scholarship that results from such reexaminations explores topics from songwriters to the music of the civil rights movement and from whistling schools to musical influencers. These wide-ranging essays create a diverse and novel view of women's contribution to music and its production. With intelligence and care, Hidden Harmonies uncovers the fascinating figures behind decades of popular music.


"This collection of essays sheds light on a variety of fascinating female musicians and music enthusiasts, many who have not yet been studied in mainstream scholarly discourse. Musicologists, including myself, will warmly welcome the kind of work that this collection aims to do."

- Tracey E. W. Laird, Harry L., Corinne Bryant, and Cottie Beverly Slade Professor of Music at Agnes Scott College