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Gal’s Guide Recommended Reads About Women in Music

While there are several wonderful options for books, movies, and that shine a light on women in music we have narrowed it down to a mix of our top recommendations for July.



Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend by Karen Bartlett
Also, check out the episode of Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast where Dusty Springfield was Bonnie’s 1 Cool Music Thing.

Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe by Gayle Wald
Also, check out our fabulous Your Gal Friday Podcast episode all about the life and legacy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930 by Andrea Barnet


She Bop (I & II) Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop, and Soul by Lucy O’Brien

Plus a Documentary!

simone doc

What Happened Miss Simone?
Also, Check out Gal’s Guide Podcast where Nina Simone was Rebecca’s 1 Cool Black History Thing

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