Gender and Rock

by Mary Celeste Kearney (2017)

- Rock music -- Social aspects.
- Sex role in music.

An introduction to gender politics in rock culture ideal for courses
Focus on women and men, femininity and masculinity, as well as transgender and gender queerness

The first book of its kind, Gender & Rock introduces readers to how gender operates in multiple sites within rock culture, including its music, lyrics, imagery, performances, instruments, and business practices. Additionally, it explores how rock culture, despite a history of regressive gender politics, has provided a place for musicians and consumers to experiment with alternate identities and ways of being. Drawing on feminist and queer scholarship in popular music studies, musicology, cultural studies, sociology, performance studies, literary analysis, and media studies, Gender & Rock provides readers with a survey of the topics, theories, and methods necessary for understanding and conducting analyses of gender in rock culture. Via an intersectional approach, the book examines how the gendering of particular roles, practices, technologies, and institutions within rock culture is related to discourses of race, sexuality, age, and class.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Power Chords and Groupie Chicks
Section 1 - Foundations: Rock and Gender
1 - Not Just Music: Studying Rock Culture
2 - Refusing Silence: Gender Studies and Rock Criticism
Section 2 - Rock's Sociocultural Contexts: Values, Commerce, Distinctions
3 - Roll Over Beethoven: Rock's Discursive and Ideological Roots
4 - Art and Commerce: Rock Business
5 - From Rock'n'Roll to Post-Rock: Rock Genres
Section 3 - Rock's Creative Contexts: Training, Technology, Performance
6 - In the Band: Rock Musician Roles and Training
7 - Gearing Up: Rock Technology
8 - Under the Lights and on the Road: Rock Performance
Section 4 - Rock's Texts: Music and Images
9 - Up to Eleven: Rock Sounds
10 - Wordcraft: Rock Lyrics
11 - On the Cover: Rock's Print Images
12 - On-screen: Rock Videos
Section 5 - Rock's Other Players: Consumers and Critics
13 - Teenyboppers and Headbangers: Rock Consumers and Fandom
14 - Evaluation and Interpretation: Rock Criticism


Professor Mary Celeste Kearney is Director of Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.


"Gender and Rock fills a long-empty spot for educators looking for a textbook to convey both information about gender theory in Anglophone scholarship, as well as a framework for understanding sounds and social practices associated with popular music... As a musician, I find that this book includes credible and useful descriptions of industry standards and trends. As an educator who has been teaching the subject for nearly 15 years, I appreciate the range and scope of examples and contexts for understanding the foundational nature of music in 20th and 21st-century definitions of gender and gender expression."
-Sarah Dougher, Portland State University

"Gender and Rock is a book that any scholar or student of music and gender, or media and identity in general, must have in their collection and close at hand. Mary Celeste Kearney offers a comprehensive guide to thinking about and analyzing gender and rock music from interdisciplinary perspectives, clearly conveying difficult concepts and messy histories. Kearney takes the reader to all of the spaces where gender intersects with rock and with other identities, including bedrooms, studios, stages, and pages of academic and journalistic criticism and everything else connected to the production and consumption of rock music. Gender and Rock will influence popular music and media scholarship for years to come. I can't wait to use it in my teaching and research."
-Norma Coates, University of Western Ontario


Kearney, Mary Celeste [1962-]
Gender and Rock.
New York, NY / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, xxxi, 369 p., ill., 28 cm.
ISBN 9780190688660 (hb., $99,00)
ISBN 9780199359516 (pb., $35,00)
ISBN 9780190297695 (eb.)
ISBN 9780190297688 (eb.)
[due 8/17]