[TypicalGirls] call for contributors for book on all-girl bands: women make noise

julia downes julia.h.downes at gmail.com
Wed Nov 24 08:25:46 EST 2010

> hey
> fyi call out for chapters for a book I'm editing on all-girl bands. thought
> there would be some awesome post-punk, punk, riot grrrl, noise and no
> wave all-girl band chapters waiting to happen on this list. i'm really into
> getting contributions directly from artists, musicians, zine writers, movers
> and shakers about the music they have created and scenes they have been part
> of...
> take care
> julia xox
> *Call for Contributors: ‘Women Make Noise’ edited by Julia Downes*
> *For the Women and Arts series on a new imprint SUPERNOVA BOOKS*
> *General overview*
> We are seeking contributors for a new book on music. *Women Make Noise *will
> critically explore the past and present participations of women and girls
> with popular music. Particular attention will be paid to ‘all-girl’ bands.
> Whilst the media celebrates the spectacles of the girl singer and
> female-fronted band, ‘all-girl’ bands tend to be marginalised, trivialised
> and even ignored by dominant journalistic and historical accounts of popular
> music cultures. Commentary of ‘all-girl’ bands can include doubts over
> women’s musicianship, anxiety and fear of lesbian/assertive female
> sexualities, an overemphasis on bitching and bickering amongst band members,
> and a ‘novelty’ status that constantly marks ‘all-girl’ bands as different
> from authentic (male) bands. This leaves ‘all-girl’ bands to exist in a
> contradictory position of opportunity and devaluation in society and
> culture.
> *Women Make Noise* will critique these mainstream representations of the
> ‘all-girl’ band to explore alternative accounts of ‘all-girl’ bands; to
> explore the complexities of creativity, identity, performance, aesthetics,
> politics, conflict and community at work in women and girls collective
> music-making. The book will focus on the ways in which music can be used
> as a radical medium by women and girls in order to contest wider struggles
> – for instance, of nation, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, age and
> feminisms. Thereby highlighting how ‘all-girl’ bands offer the potential to
> question and transform society, culture, history and politics. The book will
> feature informed yet accessible contributions from a variety of writers.
> 500 word (approx) chapter proposals and 100 word (approx) author
> biographies are sought from writers on women and girls’ music participations
> within, but not limited to, the following broadly-defined genres:
> ·         Rap and hip hop
> ·         Metal
> ·         Post-punk
> ·         No wave
> ·         Punk
> ·         Hardcore
> ·         Rock
> ·         Pop
> ·         riot grrrl
> ·         Disco
> ·         Electro
> ·         Girl groups
> ·         Noise
> Chapters (6,000 words max) should focus on the contributions of ‘all-girl’
> groups who write/wrote their own material and play/played their own
> instruments, though discussion of groups with some male members and of solo
> artists can be included where relevant. Proposals should (i) outline the
> musical moment, music-makers and individuals that contributors wish to focus
> on, (ii) highlight the contributor’s personal connection to the music
> cultures and communities under discussion and, (iii) outline how the
> contributor will directly engage with the thoughts, ideas and perspectives
> of the music-makers and cultural producers to be discussed. Proposals should
> also highlight how the chapter will meet the overall ethos of the book and
> also demonstrate the author’s ability to write for a popular and specialist
> audience.
> * **Proposals and biographies should be submitted by December 31st 2010 to
> julia.h.downes at gmail.com although we welcome submissions in advance of
> this date.*
> *The publishing date for this book is October 2011 and we would require
> completed chapters from contributors by March 2011* (though the Aurora
> Metro team can of course help with research and offer feedback prior to this
> date).**
> *We are also looking for images to be included within the book to be sent
> to rebecca at aurorametro.com *
> *About the editor*
> Julia Downes completed her PhD in British queer feminist music cultural
> resistance at the University of Leeds in 2010. She has also been a Lecturer
> in Popular Music at the University of Birmingham and has taught courses on
> music histories, gender and sexualities at the University of Leeds. Julia
> has previously published academic and populist articles on riot grrrl and
> feminist music cultures. Julia currently works for Independent Domestic
> Abuse Services and plays drums in the ‘all-girl’ band Vile Vile Creatures.
> http://leeds.academia.edu/JuliaDownes
> *About the publisher*
> ***SUPERNOVA BOOKS* is a new imprint on Aurora Metro Publications that
> will explore the arts in innovative ways, giving voice to creative groups
> and individuals that may be marginalised within their chosen fields. Using
> digital technology to reach new audiences and looking beyond the mainstream,
> the aim is to examine the bolder and more extreme creative thinkers as well
> as those enjoying critical acclaim. The press will launch in March 2011
> with a biography of enigmatic actor, writer and director Patrick McGoohan
> who starred in cult TV series *The Prisoner*. This will be followed by a
> series examining the position of female filmmakers, musicians, theatre
> directors, architects, artists and fashion designers within their chosen
> sector. These books will explore new talent and profile the work of
> recognised pioneers in each field placing all within a historical context,
> examining their influences and asking what the future has in store for them
> and their contemporaries. Each book will also suggest ways for readers to
> become actively involved and provide comprehensive resource lists detailing
> festivals, workshops, online communities and DIY strategies for
> self-starters.  *www.supernovabooks.co.uk*
> *AURORA METRO PUBLICATIONS *is an independent publisher and an arts-based
> charity situated in an old stable building in Twickenham, Middlesex,
> England. The company founder and director is Cheryl Robson, playwright,
> producer and editor. She works with a small staff and volunteers to discover
> unique and powerful works that demand to be published. She also manages
> the arts and education projects which the company is involved with in
> schools, colleges and the community.  *www.aurorametro.com *
> --
> Julia Downes
> Tel: +44(0)113 2449366
> E-mail: julia.h.downes at gmail.com
> Skype: julia.downes
> Post: 439 Meanwood Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2LL, UK
> Academia: http://leeds.academia.edu/JuliaDownes
> Music: www.vilevilecreatures.co.uk
> Work: www.idas.org.uk
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