Sounding Out: Pauline Oliveros and Lesbian Musicality

According to the publisher’s Web site “While other scholars have studied Oliveros as a disciple of John Cage and a contemporary of composers Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, Gordon Mumma and Robert Ashley, Sounding Out resituates Pauline Oliveros in a female-centered network of feminist activists, writers, artists and musicians. This book shows how the women in Oliveros’ life were central sources of creative energy and exchange during a crucial moment in feminist and queer cultural history. Crafting a dynamic relationship between feminism and music-making, this book offers a queerly original analysis of Oliveros’ work as a musical form of feminist activism and argues for the productive role of experimental music in lesbian feminist theory.”

“Sounding Out combines key elements of feminist theories of lesbian sexuality with Oliveros’ major compositions, performances, critical essays and interviews. It also includes previously unpublished correspondence between Oliveros and notable feminist artists Jill Johnston, Annea Lockwood, Kate Millett and Jane Rule.”

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