WOMEN IN JAZZ
Women In Jazz - The Legends, The Women And Their Fight- has won Jazz Times Distaff awards, been included in the Jazz Times Best Jazz Books lists and received stellar reviews across the world. It is being used by universities for their teaching and for research papers.
Based around conversations with 40 women including managers, record label bosses, PR women, radio hosts, writers and of course musicians this book uncovers the jazz industry and exposes some misogyny, racism and other issues which still prevail but also gives a positive view of the future - all told through the words of incredibly talented and passionate women interviewees, including Terri Lynn Carrington, Jane Ira Blook, Jane Bunnett, Tina May, Barb Jungr, Camille Thurman and many more.
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The book has been featured on BBC Radio 3 as part of their celebrations for International Women's Day. It was also featured on Brenda Sissane's well known and highly respected South African radio show. Jazzbites radio in the United States created a whole show around the book and both Jazz FM and Radio Suffolk had me as guest to talk about the impact the book has had.
This book also appeared on several best books lists and gained stand out reviews in Jazzwise, Jazz Views and Jazz Matters and also in magazines in Europe, Japan and the US. 'Women In Jazz' was cited in the Jazz Journalist Association yearly round-up as one of the key books recently released.
'Those of you who know Sammy Stein from her astute writing on jazz both for this site and others in the UK and Europe will know that if any writer in the UK blogosphere could pull this off then she can. The approach fits well with the author's signature style, a feature of her pieces being a willingness to give a voice to musicians views on their own work alongside her own well thought through perspectives. .....As a summation of the state of jazz today Sammy Stein is an engaging guide with a wholehearted positive touch, not to mention some interesting exclusive material.'
'Sammy Stein’s new book Women in Jazz: The Women, the Legends & Their Fight uses a wide-angle lens to look at how women in a range of different roles have made a life in—and helped shape—jazz. Instead of only focusing on well-known performers, Stein interviewed agents, arrangers, composers, public relations professionals, media members, and more. Her subjects bridge generations (and international boundaries) in an effort to honor the past, assess the present, and point to the future.'
'It’s all here, beautifully written, eloquently argued, clear-eyed in its intentions and open in its invitation to come one, come all and sort it out.'
WHAT PEOPLE SAYclick title for link to full review
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Debbie Burke , jazz critic.
In this instance, the reader is left in no doubt of Sammy’s knowledge and authority on the subject, yet she manages to tackle a challenging topic in a direct, passionate and sincere, yet easily digestible way.
The sheer volume and status of the people who have given up their time to help Sammy, both women and men, is testament to the respect Sammy has earned across the industry and the trust people have in her to relay their stories faithfully.
The reader is left in no doubt of Sammy’s knowledge and authority on the subject, yet she manages to tackle a challenging topic in a direct, passionate and sincere, yet easily digestible way. The sheer volume and status of the people who have given up their time to help Sammy, both women and men, is testament to the respect Sammy has earned across the industry and the trust people have in her to relay their stories faithfully.
One eye-opening narrative leads to a fascinating historical photo that leads to priceless quotes and offbeat reference sources, keeping the reader hungry for the next surprise Stein will veer off to
This is an extremely readable book that tackles head on a subject that can be controversial and thought provoking. Ms Stein writes in a commanding and authorative style that ensures manner that the reader's attention is grasped from the outset and sets out her statements and opinions clearly and concisely before backing them up with solid facts and opinions from some of the leading in today's international jazz stage.
Stein is a direct and positive writer, and the impression that you take away from the book is an upbeat, and honest, assessment of this current state of women working in jazz. She discusses women's successes, from the struggle for acceptance to the pushing of boundaries, and does not sugar coat the injustices and mistreatment along the way
In Sammy's inimitable way, the book tells the journeys of women in jazz right now.
Women In Jazz tells the stories of the women in their own, unchanged words. It allows their voices to be heard and tackles head- on some issues which need to be discussed such as misogyny and there are some hilarious anecdotes, some poignant moments but above all a positivity from these women whose passion for music helps keeps it well and truly alive.