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  • This Woman's Work
  • Pages: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Editor: Kim Gordon & Sinéad Gleeson
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Publication date: 12 Apr 2022
  • Category: Gender studies / Feminism
  • Size: 23.3 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
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This Woman's Work by Sinead Gleeson & Kim Gordon


This Woman's Work is a collection of essays by 16 female writers, writing about the female artists, movements and pioneers that matter to them and about their own personal experiences. For a long time, the narrative of music and music writing has been written by men, for men. Male dominance and sexism have been hard-coded in the canons - in literature, film and music - and women have had to fight pigeon-holing or being sidelined by carving out their own space. To speak up. To shout louder. To tell their story - like auteurs and ground-breakers Wendy Carlos, Linda Sharrock, Iqbal Bano to Sis Cunningham, the women of Trap and Yoshimi.

The instrument makers, the experimentalists, the avant-garde, the genre-breakers, the pop queens - by Anne Enright, Fatima Bhutto, Jenn Pelly, Juliana Huxtable, Kim Gordon, Leslie Jamison, Liz Pelly, Maggie Nelson, Margo Jefferson, Megan Jasper, Ottessa Moshfegh, Simone White, Sinéad Gleeson, Yiyun Li and Zakia Sewell. This book is for and about the women who kicked in doors, as pioneers of their craft or making politics central to their sound: those who offer a new way of thinking about the vast spectrum of women in music.

Contributors: 1.Kim Gordon - writing about Yoshimi 2.Sinead Gleeson - writing about Wendy Carlson 3.Ottessa Moshfegh - writing about her own ventures into the music world 4.Juliana Huxtable - writing about sound, noise art, sex, orgasms, blackness 5.Maggie Nelson - writing about Lhasa 6.Rachel Kushner - writing about Wanda Jackson 7.Anne Enright - writing about Laurie Anderson 8.Yiyun Li - writing about learning to love American music 9.Leslie Jamison - writing about mixtapes 10.Fatima Bhutto - writing about the power of music in cultures that suppress it 11.Liz Pelly 12.Jenn Pelly 13.Megan Jasper - writing about working at Sub Pop 14.Simone White 15.Margo Jefferson - writing about jazz and blackness 16. Zakia Sewell


'This Woman's Work is a captivating read that brings memories and music into the same space to show how closely they are connected. It will make you want to dig out the songs your mother played to help you fall asleep as a child or the CD that never left your stereo in your teens.' The Wire

'By inhabiting the sound worlds these women create, we get to engage with a vast range of ideas, to consider profound concepts of liberty and oppression, of joy and terror. Always there are the notes between, of the unexpected, the nuanced, the bold. . . This Woman's Work is an important collage of tenses, disciplines, perspectives, borders and experiences.' The Quietus

About the Author

Kim Gordon is a visual artist, writer, actor and a founding member of the post punk experimental rock band Sonic Youth. Founded in the early 80s, Sonic Youth was one of the most iconic and influential alternative rock groups. In 2012, Gordon formed Body/Head with Bill Nace, releasing their debut album Coming Apart in 2013. Body/Head released their second studio album, The Switch, in 2018. She released her first solo album, No Home Record, in 2019. As a visual artist, Gordon has shown work the world over including the solo exhibition "She Bites Her Tender Mind" at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) in Dublin and "Lo-Fi Glamour" at Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, currently represented by 303 Gallery in NYC. She is author of the bestselling memoir, Girl in a Band, and 2020's No Icon. Next year Gordon will be having an exhibition at the Museum in Bell Park, Lucerne, Switzerland.

Sinead Gleeson is a former music journalist and now author. Her debut essay collection Constellations: Reflections from Life (Picador) won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at 2019 Irish Book Awards and the Dalkey Literary Award for Emerging Writer. It was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize, the Michel Deon Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her short stories have featured in various anthologies, including Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019) and Repeal the 8th. She has edited several award-winning anthologies including The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland and The Art of Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories. She is currently working on a novel.


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