The Lady Of The House is the first book to shine a light on women’s contribution to the legacy and history of House Music over the last 35 years.
With a foreword by Carl Cox, the Lady Of The House coffee table book features interviews and rare photos with over 150 various pioneering women across the gamut and history of house music, including legends such as Candi Staton, Barbara Tucker, Jocelyn Brown, Disco Queen, Rochelle Fleming and Ultra Nate. DJs and producers include Nicole Moudaber, Anja Schneider, Ellen Allien, Sam Divine, DJ Paulette, DJ Maxinne, Rowetta, Arielle Free, DJ Rap, Anne Savage, as well as newer house music artists like Netherlands-based Black Girl/White Girl.
Nicole Moudaber, interviewed for the project, said, “And as a woman, you just need to stand your ground. You’re going to get knocked and slapped so many times, but these are opportunities to learn from, and you just need to dust yourself off, stand back up and do it all over again until you get it right”.
Behind the book are Laila McKenzie, a Bristol-based promoter and music events manager with 20 years experience in the electronic music industry and Ian ‘Snowy’ Snowball, who’s contributed to more than 30 books, including ‘Marshall Jefferson: Diary Of A DJ‘, which he co-wrote with Jefferson.
Laila & Snowy dedicated their time unpaid for the past 8+ months to bring this project to life, so they decided to set up a fundraiser to help with the £25000 printing and distribution costs of the book. With only 9 days and £5000 to go, we hope they can make it and hit their Kickstarter target. There are different pledges people can support and obtain a copy of the book.
Co-writer Laila McKenzie said, “Some of the women in this book are the glue of this industry, and we wouldn’t have a scene without them. We’re celebrating their contribution and what they bought together, especially the US and UK connection which bridges different generations and underpins the house and techno scene we enjoy today. It’s about all their different stories and shines a light on the respect they’re due.”
The duo will also donate £1 from each book sale to the Night Time Industries Association‘s (NTIA) #weareallinthistogether campaign, an initiative to promote equal treatment and diversity in the night-time sector.