Three faces of musical motherhood in death: Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer

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Abstract

This chapter considers the representation of female musicianship in recent UKpress obituaries, with a focus on the theme of motherhood. The research data setconsidered was taken over a nine month period, between July 2011 and February2012. Over this time the popular music industry and fans across the worldmourned the deaths of three of its best-selling female artists: Amy Winehouse(1983–2011), Whitney Houston (1963–2012) and Donna Summer (1948–2012).The UK press coverage of their deaths intriguingly indicates that motherhood wasused as a journalistic hook to compare them, regardless of whether the artists wereactually parents, as in the case of Houston and Summer, or not (Winehouse). Thischapter will unpack the meanings of motherhood (Eid, 2002), that most genderedof themes, and its usage, value and cultural politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeath and the Rock Star
EditorsC. Strong, B. Lebrun
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Pages119-133
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781472430915
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameAshgate Popular and Folk Music Series

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Hearsum, P. (2015). Three faces of musical motherhood in death: Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. In C. Strong, & B. Lebrun (Eds.), Death and the Rock Star (pp. 119-133). (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series). Abingdon: Ashgate Publishing.