Lucy O’Brien has been writing on music, feminism and popular culture, and creating fiction since the early 1980s.
She grew up in Southampton, played in all-girl punk band The Catholic Girls, and graduated from Leeds University in 1983. Since starting out on NME, she has written for a range of titles including the Sunday Times, Marie Claire, the Guardian, Q and Mojo.
She’s the author of Madonna: Like An Icon, She Bop and She Bop II and biographies of Dusty Springfield and Annie Lennox. A regular ‘pundit’ on TV and radio, she also co-produced the C4 film Righteous Babes on rock and new feminism. She teaches in Media & Communications at London's Goldmith's College and Westminster University, and is currently working on a memoir that combines music, mysticism and magic.
She Bop: The Definitive History Of Women In Popular Music (3rd Edition)
This long-anticipated third edition includes chapters on the digitalisation of pop and the rise of the mega diva.
“Despite being present at every musical big bang, women are still fighting to have their stories told through the female gaze.
Thankfully this is exactly what O’Brien did in the first edition of the superb She Bop back in 1995 and does again in this vastly expanded analysis of the role gender plays in every aspect of music making.”
Lois Wilson, MOJO
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