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Wild Women, Rebel Notes - On Gender and Music
(Vilde kvinder, mørke toner - Om køn og musik)
Published 2021, 340 pages


Gads Forlag

Foreign rights:

Gads Forlag
Rikke Detlevsen,


Wild Women, Rebel Notes

Wild Women, Rebel Notes is a kaleidoscopic examination of the significance of gender in music.

The book presents a broad view of the reasons behind the skewed gender balance in the world of music at the same time that it delves into the stories of a long list of artists who have challenged norms and beliefs about gender.

Learn how 1950s rebels, female ideals and beat literature impacted the gendered opportunity space of contemporary music. Meet early, norm-breaking pioneers like the sexually ambiguous blues-queen Ma Rainey and gospel-guitar-goddess Sister Rosetta Tharpe. And read about the conditions imposed on female composers of classical music in a time when women were frequently discouraged from developing musical creativity.

About the author

Anya Mathilde Poulsen, born 1972, holds a master's in media science and gender studies. Formerly a music journalist for DR, she is also the author of Feminint forstærket (Feminine intensified, 2007), a collection of stories about female Danish musicians, and the co-founder of the prize-winning music-collective HUN SOLO.

Text translated by Sharon Rhodes