With a title like Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal, you’re in for a good time. Written by Jill Hughes Kirtland, and forward by Doro Pesch (Warlock), this book hits on pretty much everything affecting women in heavy metal music.

In fact, it reads more like an encyclopedia than a story, but I don’t consider this a negative.  With the book being set up this way, it’s easy to jump around and get into the specific topics that interest you the most.

Fittingly, we begin with a history of women in heavy metal music, which actually is ‘story-like’ in nature.  From there it proceeds into the more encyclopedic breakdown mentioned above.

Topics include:  Inspirations, the female metal community, the triumph, the challenges, behind the scenes, advice from the pros, and finally the fans. All of these issues are directly addressed in detailed quotes, by the women in the business.

Admittedly, I wasn’t familiar with many of the women interviewed.   Many of the bands are just a bit outside my typical musical radar.  That being said, it was still intriguing to read about their experiences in such a male dominated field.

Make no mistake though, this isn’t male bashing by any means.  The music business is difficult.  I don’t think anyone could deny it’s an entirely different reality for a woman in metal music especially.  With this book readers are treated to first hand experiences, both negative and positive, that are relatable as well as entertaining.

At 138 pages, ‘Not Just Tits in a Corset’ is short, sweet, and to the point.  It’s most certainly an easy summer read on a topic that really hasn’t received much attention.

Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal
By Jill Hughes Kirtland
Available from Amazon

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About The Author

Originating from Michigan, Kelly is currently residing in Las Vegas, NV. Her passion for music began at a Motley Crüe show, and since then has attended hundreds of shows, met many musicians along the way, and has continued her drive to keep rock music in the limelight. Her experiences contribute to her success as a book reviewer for Vegas Rocks Magazine and as one of the Assistant Editors for the NRR.

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