I wrote an essay for the upcoming book Under My Thumb: Songs that Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them edited by Rhian E. Jones and Eli Davies.
Under My Thumb is a collection of essays by female journalists writing about their favourite songs or artists who have problematic gender politics. The essays look at the contradictions and complex ways women love music.
The book features an my essay about Phil Spector and how his mistreatment of women around him played into his work.
The book is now available to pre-order. Under My Thumb will be published on 17th October in the US and 19th October in UK.
I took part in a panel discussion called Women Make Noise as part of the Off the Shelf festival in Sheffield. The discussion focused on women’s experiences of music culture and the industry and featured myself, Julia Downes, Alanna McArdle and Sarita Karr.
Here is the audio of the whole event which covered many interesting topics including the exclusion of black women in music, the experiences of being a woman in a male dominated band and the experiences of being a female house and techno DJ.
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