Kim Gordon and Sinead Gleeson "This Woman's Work" Book (2022)
Details: This Woman's Work: Essays On Music, edited by Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson, published by Hatchette Books, 2022. 272 pages. Hardcover edition.
Description: "Edited by iconic musician Kim Gordon and esteemed writer Sinéad Gleeson, this powerful collection of award-winning female creators shares their writing about the female artists that matter most to them."
Grade: M (new stock)
Full Description: "This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music is edited by Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson and features contributors Anne Enright, Fatima Bhutto, Jenn Pelly, Rachel Kushner, Juliana Huxtable, Leslie Jamison, Liz Pelly, Maggie Nelson, Margo Jefferson, Megan Jasper, Ottessa Moshfegh, Simone White, Yiyun Li, and Zakia Sewell.
Published to challenge the historic narrative of music and music writing being written by men, for men, This Woman’s Work seeks to confront the male dominance and sexism that have been hard-coded in the canons of music, literature, and film and has forced women to fight pigeon-holing or being side-lined by carving out their own space. Women have to speak up, to shout louder to tell their story – like the auteurs and ground-breakers featured in this collection, including Anne Enright on Laurie Anderson; Megan Jasper on her ground-breaking work with Sub Pop; Margo Jefferson on Bud Powell and Ella Fitzgerald; and Fatima Bhutto on music and dictatorship.
This Woman’s Work also features writing on the experimentalists, women who blended music and activism, the genre-breakers, the vocal auteurs; stories of lost homelands and friends; of propaganda and dictatorships, the women of folk and country, the racialized tropes of jazz, the music of Trap and Carriacou; of mixtapes and violin lessons."
Editors: Kim Gordon is a visual artist, author, and founding member of the post-punk experimental rock band Sonic Youth. ad Gleeson’s essays have been published by Granta, Winter Papers, and Gorse, and broadcast by BBC and RTÉ. Her debut essay collection Constellations: Reflections from Life was published by Picador (UK), HMH Books US. Her short stories have been featured in various anthologies including Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019) and Repeal the 8th. She has edited the award-winning anthologies The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland. The Art of Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories, was published by Head of Zeus in October 2020.
Press: "This Woman's Work is a captivating read that brings memories and music into the same space to show how closely they are connected. It will make you want to dig out the songs your mother played to help you fall asleep as a child or the CD that never left your stereo in your teens."--The Wire