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Nobody Ever Asked Me About the Girls: Women, Music and Fame

Holt. Nov. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9781627794909. $27.99. MUSIC
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The life of a musician may include sex, drugs, and rock and roll, along with stage fright, sober rooms, and financial surprises. Robinson (contributing editor, Vanity Fair; There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll) tells the story from women rock and rollers’ perspective, with tales from 1967’s summer of love through the present, from artists such as Tina Turner, Joan Jett, Taylor Swift, and Adele. In these accounts culled from more than 5,000 hours of interviews over four decades, readers learn tidbits that Robinson feels slipped under the radar. Sometimes stars were unwilling to talk, sometimes no one thought to ask, and sometimes no one was listening. Robinson, a sympathetic ear to many, groups hundreds of intimate, often astute recollections into chapters including “Hair & Makeup,” “Fame,” “Abuse,” “Motherhood,” “Sex,” and “Age.” The author had access backstage and in recording studios, and moves with women through MTV and into Instagram and streaming.
VERDICT An intriguing (and occasionally snarky) look at the lives, loves, and off-stage personas of well-known women soloists and band members. With the increased visibility of women in entertainment generally, and music specifically, this title will find an audience in most libraries.

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