Lucy O"Brien, author of the bestsellers ANNIE LENNOX (1991) and DUSTY (1999), has compiled and written a most engaging history of women in the world of popular music. Her SHE BOP II is 530 pages of well-written and well-documented material accompanied by photos of the numerous women singers covered in this book.
I found the sections on jazz legend Billie Holiday and Alanis Morissette fascinating. I found the entire book fascinating with its intimate details and revealing truths.
Those who enjoy singers such as Janis Joplin, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, among many others, will find this fine nonfiction book a treasure chest of information and good reading. As a reference work, it is among the finest, and the author Lucy O"Brien deserves congratulations on a well-written book.
This is indeed a definitive history, one that will endure. Some of the information on the singers such as Peggy Lee will surprise the reader. I would also suggest reading Chapter One, "Riffin" the Scotch" a few times for pure enjoyment because it covers from blues to the Jazz Age. The information on the issues of artistry, androgyny, and lesbian questions is also detailed. These 14 chapters cover various topics and the information given will knock your socks off with its subtle frankness, and candor.
SHE BOP II is a contemporary classic of its kind, a definitive history of women in the world of popular music. Highly recommended. Don"t miss this one, its a keeper!
The comments given by the singers themselves is true grit in the true sense of that phrase and earthy. SHE BOP II entertains and educates!'For all those jazz fans interested in the history and role of women in popular music, SHE BOP II by Lucy O"Brien is the book to have in your home reference library! A detailed and entertaining book that will give you hours of pleasurable reading and enjoyment.