Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country

Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country

Angela Smith


In 1942, drummer Viola Smith despatched surprise waves in the course of the jazz international via claiming in Down Beat journal that “hep ladies” may well sit down in on any jam consultation and carry their very own. In Women Drummers: A heritage from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country, Angela Smith takes Viola at her notice, supplying a complete examine the realm drumming and the ladies who had the braveness and chops to damage the limitations of this all-too-male box. Combining archival examine with own interviews of greater than fifty girl drummers representing greater than 8 many years in song historical past, Smith paints a vibrant photograph in their struggles to beat discrimination—not merely as expert musicians yet in different components in their lives. Women Drummers outlines the evolution of woman drumming from pre-biblical occasions while ladies held vital management roles to their silencing by means of the church through the center a while to spearheading the struggle for women’s rights within the glossy period. The tales and private money owed of lady drummers who bucked culture and societal norms are advised opposed to the backdrop of the days within which they played and the genres they represented, from rock and jazz to blues and kingdom.

Although ladies have confirmed time and time back that they could greater than carry their very own opposed to their male opposite numbers, woman drummers not just stay a minority, yet their contributions were obscured by means of the normal chauvinistic attitudes within the song company and gender stereotypes that encompass the drum itself as a “male” software. Women Drummers takes an enormous leap forward in undoing this false impression by way of acknowledging the expertise, contribution, and transforming into energy of ladies drummers in today’s song environment.

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