Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music

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Music fans are ofter all too familiar with the men who helped build a specific musical genre or location, but tragically uninformed about the talented ladies who contributed to those same celebrated movements. Case in point: Music writer Heather Augustyn has a brand new book, Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music, that looks at the Jamaican vocalists, instrumentalists, record producers, dancers, wives, mothers, and deejays who helped to shape the course of Jamaica’s international musical legacy. Tonight Augustyn will be reading from Songbirds at Magers & Quinn, and discussing how these women give their own accounts of receiving no pay, little recognition, and enduring harassment, while sacrificing their home lives to try and get into the spotlight. 7 PM. Free. —Tracy Oxford

Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave, MPLS; magersandquinn.com