‘Not Just Tits In A Corset: Celebrating Women In Metal’ Book Now Available To Order

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Author/music journalist/band manager Jill Hughes Kirtland has just self-published a book entitled Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal, which “…details the unique history, challenges and triumphs women have encountered throughout their careers in metal music.” The book features interviews and photographs of many of metal’s most famed and respected musicians, including Lita Ford, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Alissa White-Gluz, Cristina Scabbia, Tarja Turunen, and many, many more.

An excerpt from the book: “Ten years ago I heard [from women], “Since I saw you in a metal band, I thought ‘okay, I can do this as well.’” Sometimes we need a little bit of an example.” – Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, solo artist)

The book is available for order through Kirtland’s website.

I personally am extremely interested in picking up a copy of this book. Women in metal are often seen first for their visual appeal and second for their talent, which is incredibly disheartening. I welcome a book that tackles this topic!


 
  • Cezseldher

    Thank you so much for this note! I would loooooove to read it. As a woman and fan of metal, I’ve always respect and admire a lot of these ladies, for making it work and even sometimes fight against “They are just there and they are just famous because they are pretty” arguments. And I will forever fight anyone that comes with an argument such as that one, trying to make those ladies that they have almost no talent to be where they are. I’m glad to see names like Tarja and Cristina, I enjoy both of them a lot :D

    • JonathanBarkan

      Horror and metal have so much in common that it’s truly remarkable that fans of one don’t immediately love the other. In horror, women are often the heroes, the ones who ultimately slay the villain (most often a man). In metal, these women are trying to show that they are just as capable of being “metal” as their male counterparts. It’s so exciting to see people writing about this and recognizing it for all of its progress (even though a lot more needs to be done).