Happy International Women’s Day! These music legends broke the charts and captured our hearts. Check out these titles to learn more about the successes and struggles of these singers and songwriters.
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A fiercely honest, no-holds-barred memoir of the legendary jazz, swing, and standards-singing sensation – a fiftieth-anniversary edition updated with stunning new photos, a revised discography, and an insightful foreword by music writer David Ritz.
Explores the rise and fall of this popular trio based on recollections from friends, family, and Motown contemporaries who were there when their songs were made, their hits climbed the charts, and their group faded away into history due to personal issues and professional strife.
Singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of New York City and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe – the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.
The singer of such 1980s hits as “Heartbreaker” and “Love Is a Battlefield” discusses her rock ‘n’ roll life – including concert tours, MTV videos, and adoring fans – and how she avoided the pitfalls of fame.
The famous singer reveals her body image insecurities and struggles with food and relationships that have plagued her since childhood, and sheds light on her career, personal life, and famous family.
The Grammy Award-winning American soul and gospel singer and mother of Whitney Houston reflects on her daughter’s life, the events that led up to her death and the aftermath of a senseless tragedy.
A founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story — a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence and as one of the first women of rock and roll.
The guitarist and vocalist of feminist punk trio Sleater-Kinney presents a candid and deeply personal assessment of life in the rock-and-roll industry, revealing her struggles with rock’s double standards.
The transgender advocate and lead singer of the punk rock band Against Me! describes her intensely personal struggles with identity and addiction through journal entries that date back to her childhood.
Tracing the arc of Mary J. Blige’s career through the critically acclaimed 2014 album, The London Sessions, this is a look at the music and cultural impact of one of the most important artists in pop music history.