The struggle with female pop and rock artists from the 1960s to the present day

Palmer, Hannah (2013) The struggle with female pop and rock artists from the 1960s to the present day. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    'The range of representations available to women is narrower, and women performers often seem trapped by images rather than utilizing them because the pressures on women are greater, reflecting the sexual objectification of women in society in general.’ (Bayton, 1998, Pg15) This quote implies that women performers in general all have pressures on them about their image which they feel trapped by to look or perform in a certain way. These ‘pressures’ Mavis Bayton talks about relates to coming across as sexual and may be seen more as a commodity rather than to be taken as serious artists . This paper will look into what women (if any) break this mould and what it takes to go against what is expected of them in the music industry. The ideas put forward such as the genre of music women artists perform in or if it is about putting a strong feministic front to rebel up against this male influenced music business. This essay will start with Dusty Springfield, the woman who paved the way for female singer and how female performers branched off into the women who rebelled, the Punk movement and the art performer. Analysing the past with the present will allow for strong judgement as to whether the representation of females change or if many female artists repeat the same mistakes when it comes to exhibiting themselves as a serious artist. To back up these ideas throughout this essay, theorists will be presented in this paper, to give more of a foundation to these suggestions. Theorists such as Sheila Whiteley in ‘Women and Popular Music’ will give theoretical sense in women performing pop music, Mavis Bayton in ‘Frock Rock’, analyses rock females by looking at punks and how they dress, Caroline Evans & Minna Thornton, and small extracts from Paul Manning, on drugs and music and how they affect the performers image and Joanne Hollows on Feminism, femininity and popular culture. This paper will also feature quotations from the BBC documentary ‘Queens of British Pop’, with analysis into music videos and photographs. This essay will be broken down into chapters examining each path different female singers undertake.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 12:50
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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