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Women In MetalAs a woman herself, journalist and band manager is uniquely qualified to write about the successes and challenges of women in the world of music and she does just that in her self-published Not Just Tits In A Corset: Celebrating Women In Metal.

The book is chock full of quotes and photographs, many taken by the author herself. It is mostly a “through their own voices” approach, with the author guiding the reader through different eras of metal, as well as dealing with issues that women in the genre have had to deal with.

With the foreword written by Doro Pesch, some of the women featured include other icons of the metal and rock worlds such as Lita Ford, Ann Boleyn, Leather Leone, Cristina Scabbia, Roxy Petrucci, Anneke Van Giersbergen, and Simone Simons, among many, many others.

We begin with the evolution of women in the metal scene, from the early years, to the Sunset Strip era, to a newer genres of metal that have come to be in the years since. Leather Leone, of Rude Girl and Chastain shares, “ We just wanted to play metal in the boys’ club. We were metal. And the music represented us. I remember early on at shows when I saw females in the audience I’d try to bring them in so they’d get it. I don’t want to fuck him. I want to be him.”

After the history lesson, the author focuses on the inspirations of these estrogen-filled rockers. While some say they came across metal through the influence of a brother, father, or boyfriend, others connected with the music from the get-go. There is also a chapter devoted to the challenges that women may face in the industry, in particular the emphasis on the need for female musicians to be “sexy”, as well as the balancing act of being both a metalhead and a mother.

While the majority of us may know of female metal vocalists, Not Just Tits In A Corset makes sure to include the bass players, drummers, guitar players, etc. as well.

Chapter 6 is equally as inspiring as the stories of the musicians, as it focuses on women who work behind the scenes in the metal world. We hear from label owners, journalists, tour managers, promoters, graphic designers, A&R execs, merchandisers, and photographers, all members of the “fairer” sex.

One of the most inspiring quotes in the book comes from Loana dp Valencia, publicist for Nuclear Blast USA Records. After giving an extensive list of opportunities that a woman (or a man, for that matter) could take on in the music world, she says this:  “Create your own opportunities. Take charge of your own life. Don’t play a victim role and don’t blame ‘the man.’ Rise above. Remember that no one lives forever. Take what you’ve learned and pass it forward to the next generation of women. You might be the seed of inspiration for the world’s first all-female staffed metal label. I hope I live to see that day.”

In addition to the women who make their living in the music world, the book also devotes a chapter to the female fans, with a collection of pictures and quotes from women who love to throw up the horns.

Miny Parsonz, guitarist for Royal Thunder, is one of the artists who shares and encouraging word for young women who may be looking for guidance. “ If you wanna play metal, do it! Ask yourself why you aren’t, and I bet your excuse is lame. If you have a dream and a passion for something, why not go for it? If you don’t play and just wanna be around it, learn how to do merch ( it’s a job, it’s fucking hard work) and offer to travel with a band and help out.”

In a sense, it is frustrating that there needs to be a book specifically on “”, as there aren’t books specifically about men in metal. However, Kirtland has taken the opportunity to celebrate these amazing, inspirational artists who are doing what they love, and ignoring the haters.

The book is available in printed or e-book format on the author’s website.

For more information Visit:

www.thewomeninmetal.com  (Author Website)

www.facebook.com/WomenInMetalBook (Book’s Facebook Fan Page)

www.twitter.com/progpowergrrl  (Author’s Twitter)

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