In Electric Ladyland: Women and Rock Culture, Temple professor Lisa Rhodes goes beyond dishing interesting music industry tidbits about Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell and others.
The book also examines how female rockers were portrayed by popular music journals Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, as well as by a number of mainstream publications, from 1965-75. And Electric Ladyland delves deeper into the culture itself with a scholarly look at how the experiences of the women in rock, particularly celebrated and sought-after groupies, correlated with the women's movement and changing sexual attitudes and mores in America.
"Like the journalists, female musicians — and even the more self-possessed groupies — were attempting to expand the social possibilities for all women in the face of hostility and indifference," writes Rhodes, an assistant professor of American Studies. [more]
In Depth: How Lisa Rhodes went from living the rock 'n' roll life
to researching it, writing about it and teaching it. [more]