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The sex revolts : gender, rebellion, and rock 'n' roll

Author: Simon Reynolds; Joy Press
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995.
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Iggy Pop once said of women: "However close they come I'll always pull the rug from under them. That's where my music is made." For so long, rock 'n' roll has been fueled by this fear and loathing of the feminine. The Sex Revolts captures the paradox at rock's dark heart--the music is often most thrilling when it is most misogynist and macho. And, looking at music made by female artists, it asks: must it always be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reynolds, Simon, 1963-
Sex revolts.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)622653508
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Reynolds; Joy Press
ISBN: 0674802721 9780674802728 067480273X 9780674802735
OCLC Number: 30971390
Description: xvii, 410 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part 1 : Rebel misogynies --
Angry young men : precursors and prototypes for rock rebellion. Rebel without a cause ; Look back in anger ; Jack Kerouac ; Timothy Leary ; Ken Kesey ; Rolling Stones --
She's hit : songs of fear and loathing. Rolling Stones ; John's children ; Garage punk ; Led Zeppelin ; Roxy Music ; Tim Rose ; Nick Cave ; River's edge --
Careers in misogyny : The Stranglers and Malcolm McLaren --
Born to run : wanderlust, wilderness and the cult of speed. The Doors ; Rolling Stones ; PiL ; Gang of Four ; Morrissey ; Bob Dylan ; Bruce Springsteen ; Tom Petty ; Iggy Pop ; Lynyrd Skynyrd ; Easy rider ; Neil Young ; Kraftwerk ; Hardcore techno --
Brothers in arms : combat rock and other stories for boys. The Clash ; Thin Lizzy ; Manic --
Flirting with the void : abjection in rock. The Stooges ; Sex Pistols ; Throbbing Gristle ; Birthday Party ; Scratch Acid ; Grindcore ; Alice in chains ; Nirvana ; Henry Rollins ; Devo --
Wargasm : Metal and Machine Music. Futurists ; Kraftwerk ; Techno ; Motorhead ; Iggy Pop ; Radio Birdman ; David Bowie ; Led Zeppelin ; Young Gods --
I Am the King : Delusions of Grandeur from Jim Morrison to Gangsta Rap. Jim Morrison ; Sex Pistols ; Guns n'Roses ; Nick Cave ; Lou Reed ; Jane's addiction ; Eldridge Cleaver ; LL Cool J ; Miles Davis ; Sly Stone ; Gangsta rap --
My Way : The Cult of the Psychopath. The white negro ; Jim Morrison ; Charles Manson ; Sid Vicious ; Big Black ; Slacker ; Apocalypse culture --
Part 2 : Into the mystic --
From Rebellion to Grace : The Psychedelic Mother's Boy --
Back to Eden : Innocence, Indolence and Pastoralism. Mod ; Marc Bolan ; Incredible string band ; The Byrds ; West coast psychedelia ; Van Morrison ; Pink Floyd ; Dreampop ; Rave ; Ambient House ; The Orb ; Dub Reggae ; Ultramarine --
Starsailing : Cosmic Rock. John Cage ; John Coltrane ; The Byrds ; Jimi Hendrix ; Tim Buckley ; Pink Floyd --
Flow Motion : Can, Eno and Oceanic Rock. Can ; Brian Eno ; Robert Wyatt ; Miles Davis ; A.R. Kane --
Soft Boys : Nostalgia, Incest and Zen Apathy. Jimi Hendrix ; Morrissey ; John Lenon ; Elvis ; My bloody Valentine. Part 3 : Lift up your skirt and speak --
Double allegiances : the herstory of rock --
One of the boys : female machisma. Patti Smith ; Chrissie Hynde ; Kate Bush ; PJ Harvey ; Suzi Quatro : Joan Jett ; Heart ; Kim Gordon ; L7 --
Open your heart : confession and catharsis from Janis Joplin to Courtney Love. Sinead O'Connor ; Suzanne Vega ; Joni Mitchell ; Liz Phair ; Lydia Lunch ; Hole ; Babes in Toyland ; Tori Amos ; Janis Joplin ; Bessie Smith --
Woman unbound : hysterics, witches and mystics. Lydia Lunch ; Diamanda Galas ; Stevie Nicks ; Kate Bush ; Siouxsie ; Sandy Denny ; Cocteau Twins --
Who's that girl? : masquerade and mastery. X-Ray Spex ; Siouxsie ; Grace Jones ; Donna Summer ; Annie Lennox ; Joan Armatrading ; Janet Jackson ; Queen Latifah ; Salt-n-Pepa ; Grace Slick ; Nico --
Un-typical girls : post-punk demystification. The Slits ; The Raincoats ; The Au Pairs ; Delta 5 ; Bush Tetras --
What a drag : post-feminism and pop. Altered Images ; Madonna ; Paris is Burning --
There's a riot going on : grrrls against boy-rock. Riot Grrrl ; Bikini Kill ; Huggy Bear --
Body's in trouble. Mary Margaret O'Hara ; Suzanne Vega ; Hugo Largo ; PJ Harvey ; Throwing Muses ; Babes in Toyland ; Siouxsie ; Hole ; Lunachicks --
Adventures close to home : domesticity's tender trap. Kate Bush ; Lunachicks ; Throwing Muses ; Siouxsie ; Marianne Faithfull ; The Slits --
All fluxed up : rebels against structure. Patti Smith ; Joni Mitchell ; Rickie Lee Jones ; The Raincoats ; Throwing Muses ; Mary Margaret O'Hara ; Dead Can Dance ; Bjork ; Diamanda Galas Yoko Ono --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Simon Reynolds and Joy Press.

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Iggy Pop once said of women: "However close they come I'll always pull the rug from under them. That's where my music is made." For so long, rock 'n' roll has been fueled by this fear and loathing of the feminine. The Sex Revolts captures the paradox at rock's dark heart--the music is often most thrilling when it is most misogynist and macho. And, looking at music made by female artists, it asks: must it always be this way? The book walks the line between a rock fan's excitement and a critic's awareness of the music's murky undercurrents. Here are the angry young men like the Stones and Sex Pistols, cutting free from home and mother; here are the warriors and crusaders, The Clash, Public Enemy, and U2 taking refuge in a brotherhood-in-arms; and here are the would-be supermen, with their man-machine fantasies and delusions of grandeur, from Led Zeppelin and Jim Morrison to Nick Cave and gangsta rap. The authors unravel the mystical, back-to-the-womb longings of the psychedelic tradition, from Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and Van Morrison to Brian Eno, My Bloody Valentine, and ambient techno. Alongside the story of male rock, The Sex Revolts traces the secret history of female rebellion in rock: the masquerade and mystique of Kate Bush, Siouxie, and Grace Jones, the demystifiers of femininity, like the Slits and Riot Grrl, tomboy rockers like L7 and P. J. Harvey, and confessional artists like Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, and Courtney Love. --From publisher's description.

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