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HOW WOMEN MADE MUSIC: A Revolutionary History from NPR

What if the history of popular music could be seen through the lens of the women who made it?

This year, in a 400-page stunner of a book, NPR Music will bring you a chorus of voices—covering everyone from Beyoncé to Odetta, Taylor Swift to Joan Baez, Joan Jett to Dolly Parton—with archival interviews, essays, photographs, and illustrations.

This inspirational, exhilarating book will include material from every Turning the Tables season while ranging far beyond that base to represent more than 50 years of NPR's exclusive coverage of women in popular music, plus new essays, interviews and coverage. Readers will learn much about how music is made and how musical lives are maintained.

The rare archival gems include on-air interviews from:

  • Joan Baez talking about nonviolence as a musical principle in 1971
  • Patti Smith describing art as her "jealous mistress" in 1976
  • Nina Simone, in 2001, explaining how she developed the edge in her voice as a tool against racism
  • Taylor Swift talking about when she had no idea if her musical career might work
  • Odetta on how shifting from classical music to folk allowed her to express her fury over Jim Crow
  • With an introduction by acclaimed critic and Turning the Tables co-founder, Ann Powers, and edited by longtime contributor Alison Fensterstock, the book is perfect for fans, musicians, songwriters, historians, creative people, activists, and feminists. The audiobook too will be a work of art, with snippets from those rich archives of interviews.

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