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Books About Women In Music; Tony Fletcher; Big Freedia; Poliça Plays Live

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Big Freedia -- aka the New Orleans musician Freddie Ross -- is one of the biggest stars of the hip-hop genre known as bounce. Big Freedia -- aka the New Orleans musician Freddie Ross -- is one of the biggest stars of the hip-hop genre known as bounce. (Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: Recently a bookstore in Williamsburg asked us for recommendations on great books about female musicians. We compiled a list of some of favorites, but we want to hear from listeners and readers about your favorite biographies, histories and more as part of our Writers Club: Women In Music series.

Then, Tony Fletcher -- who has written extensively on Keith Moon, R.E.M. and The Smiths -- tackles his toughest and funniest subject yet: himself. Fletcher shares his story of growing up uncool while loving cool music. 

And, Big Freedia -- the rapper and the big personality behind booty-shaking songs like "Azz Everywhere" -- drops by the discuss the New Orleans-based hip-hop genre known as bounch, the provocative dance move "twerking" and the new Fuse reality show Queen Of Bounce.

And Minnepolis electro R&B pop group Polica performs new songs from Shulamith in the Soundcheck studio.



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Tracy Thorn is a fantastic singer, obviously well known for her work in Everything But the Girl, and before that the Marine Girls.

Her memoir was recently published by Virago as Bedsit Disco Queen.

I haven't started it yet, but with substantial excerpts from lyrics, and Thorn's role in so many vital turns of 80s UK independent music culture, it's got to be great.

Nov. 12 2013 09:07 PM

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