Books we LOVE

This is a list of authors who will be or have been at the Women Who Rock UnConference and Film Festival 2013, who have some amazing books and even more amazing stories.  This list is in-process.  Thank you to WWR intern Suzanne Myklebust for compiling  and posting this list.

Maylei Blackwell’s, ¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement

Daphne Brook’s Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 and Jeff Buckley’s Grace.

Andreana Clay’s The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics

Laina Dawe’s What Are You Doing Here?:  A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.

Ralina Joseph’s Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial

J. Kehaulani Kauanui’s Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity

Tiffany Ana Lopez’s Detained in the Desert & Other Plays by Josefina López by Josefina López, Jorge Huerta and Tiffany Ana López

Michelle Habell-Pallan’s Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture

Tara McPherson’s Digital Youth, Innovation, and the Unexpected (The John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning)

Young people’s use of digital media may result in various innovations and unexpected outcomes, from the use of videogame technologies to create films to the effect of home digital media on family life. This volume examines the core issues that arise when digital media use results in unintended learning experiences and unanticipated social encounters. The contributors examine the complex mix of emergent practices and developments online and elsewhere that empower young users to function as drivers of technological change, recognizing that these new technologies are embedded in larger social systems, school, family, friends.

Ann Power’s Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America

Sonnet Retman’s Real Folks: Race and Genre in the Great Depression

Sherrie Tucker’s Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s

This book is the forgotten history of the “all-girl” big bands of the World War II era. Filled with firsthand accounts of more than a hundred women who performed during this era and complemented by thorough—and eye-opening—archival research, Swing Shift not only offers a history of this significant aspect of American society and culture but also examines how and why whole bands of dedicated and talented women musicians were dropped from—or never inducted into—our national memory.

Deborah Varga’s Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda

Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music focuses on the Texan monument of the Alamo and its association with Rosita Fernandez; Tejano corrido folklore and its musical antithesis in Chelo Silva; the female accordion-playing bodies of Ventura Alonza and Eva Ybarra as incompatible with the instrumental labor of conjunto music; geography as national border, explored through the multiple national music scales negotiated by Eva Garza; and racialized gender, viewed through Selena’s integration of black diasporic musical sound. Vargas offers a feminist analysis of these figures’ contributions by advancing a notion of musical dissonance—a dissonance that recognizes the complexity of gender, sexuality, and power within Chicana/o culture.

Deborah Wong’s  Speak it Louder: Asian Americans Making Music

This book documents the variety of musics – from traditional Asian through jazz, classical, and pop – that have been created by Asian Americans. This book is not about Asian American music’ but rather about Asian Americans making music. this key distinction allows Deborah Wong to track a wide range of musical generes from Cambodian music drama  and karaoke, to Vietnamese pop, Asian-American hip hop and Laotian song.

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