"She Said She Said": The influence of feminine "voices" on John Lennon's music

Bannister, Matthew and Berry, Megan (2020) "She Said She Said": The influence of feminine "voices" on John Lennon's music. In: Popular Musicology and Identity: Essays in Honour of Stan Hawkins. Routledge, London; New York, pp. 32-49. ISBN 978-1-138-32288-2

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John Lennon’s songs show the recurrent influence of feminine voices. This can be shown by musicological comparisons of Lennon compositions with earlier songs sung by women, which he was familiar with. Some of these resemblances have already been pointed out; others are discussed here for the first time. These influences derive almost entirely from one period (1960-1963) and are mostly US R&B/pop recordings, predominantly of the girl-group genre. This chapter will focus on how these tracks influenced Lennon’s songwriting, in order to rewrite the canonical, gendered narrative of Lennon’s and The Beatles’ influences, as discussed by themselves and in many subsequent accounts.

Item Type:Book Section
Keywords that describe the item:Popular Musicology, John Lennon, The Beatles, girl groups, feminism
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:7389
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Deposited On:09 Dec 2020 22:42
Last Modified:16 Dec 2020 20:23

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