Journalist Amy Raphael talks to 18 incredible women about their experiences as musicians and the music industry with fascinating and illuminating results
'Fascinating and illuminating' STYLIST
'Perceptive and candid' IRISH TIMES
'Wide-ranging, deep-dive, soul-baring interviews, full of candid, intimate, spiky meditations on inspiration, artistry, sexuality, race, love, self-doubt, abuse, defiance and everything in between' OBSERVER
'Variously optimistic, troubling, joyful, illuminating, fierce and thoughtful' GUARDIAN
INTERVIEWS WITH WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINE OF MUSIC Writer and critic Amy Raphael has interviewed some of the world's most iconic musicians, including Courtney Love, Patti Smith, Bjork, Kurt Cobain and Elton John. In 1995 she wrote the critically-acclaimed NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS: WOMEN REWRITE ROCK, which included a foreword by Debbie Harry.
More than two decades on, the music business has changed, but the way women are regarded has not. In this new book, A SEAT AT THE TABLE, Raphael interviews eighteen women who work in the music industry about learning to speak out, #MeToo, social media, queer politics and the subtleness of everyday misogyny.
Featuring interviews with:
CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS, IBEYI, KATE TEMPEST, ALISON MOYET, NADINE SHAH, JESSICA CURRY, MAGGIE ROGERS, EMMY THE GREAT, DREAM WIFE, NATALIE MERCHANT, LAUREN MAYBERRY, POPPY AJUDHA, KALIE SHORR, TRACEY THORN, MITSKI, CATHERINE MARKS, GEORGIA, CLARA AMFO
A series of wide-ranging, deep-dive, soul-baring interviews, full of candid, intimate, spiky meditations on inspiration, artistry, sexuality, race, love, self-doubt, abuse, defiance, and everything in between . . . Raphael had carved a vital space for female artists to 'womanspread', as it were, and speak freely - Observer
Variously optimistic, troubling, joyful, illuminating, fierce and thoughtful. It is often all these things at once - Guardian
A perceptive and candid collection of new interviews with 18 women that discuss everything from #MeToo and queer politics to the impact of social media on their lives and the subtleties of routine misogyny - Irish Times
Journalist Amy Raphael talks to 18 incredible women about their experiences as musicians and the music industry with fascinating and illuminating results - Stylist
A fascinating, brilliant book, full of joy, rage, a love of music, and a battle to show that it can be done even when culture might push back. A celebration of some of the best and most exciting faces in music today, and a must read - The Skinny
Stretches your brain and swells your heart with every page . . . if anyone wishes to understand what Courtney Love has had to go through, this is definitely recommended
Amy Raphael is a British writer and critic who has worked for The Face, Esquire, Elle, NME, Rolling Stone and all the British broadsheets. Her books include Danny Boyle in Conversation with Amy Raphael and Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh. She co-wrote Easily Distracted, Steve Coogan's autobiography, and worked with David Hare on his memoir, The Blue Touch Paper. She lives in Brighton with her daughter.