This book is dedicated to the community of women musicians, audience members, record companies, producers, concert promoters, artists representatives, booking agents, distributors, festival crews, stage hands, filmmakers, poets, comics, writers, activists, and movers and shakers who had the courage to put forth a different kind of love song,  and who sprouted a community that changed lives.

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Photos through the years....
Janis Ian
Laurie Nyro
Cris Williamson
Meg Christian
Margie Adam
Alix Dobkin
Teresa Trull
June Millington
Linda Tillery
Mary Watkins
Toshi Reagon
Skip The Needle
Billie Jean King
Ronnie Gilbert
Peggy Seeger
Indigo Girls
Judy Grahn
Katie Cash
Shelley Doty

The Deadly Nightshade
Julie Wolf
Debbie Fier
Vicki Randle
Tret Fure
Dance Brigade
Ruthie Foster
Deidre McCalla
Dana Goldberg
Melanie DeMore
Sweet Honey 
Amy Horowitz
Toshi Reagon
Barbara Higbie
Robin Flower
Nancy Vogl
Kate Clinton
Marga Gomez
Karen Williams
Crystal Matthews

Lucie Blue Tremblay
Dianne Davidson
Lisa Vogel
Blame Sally
Emma's Revolution
Terry Garthwaite
Jennifer Berezan
Susan Werner
Mary Gauthier
Suzzy Roche
Lucy Wainwright Roche
Cathy Fink
Marcy Marxer
Betsy Rose
Susan Werner
Mary Gauthier
Patty Larkin
Faith Nolan
Ellen Bass, poet
Sarah Elizabeth Bush
Pulitzer Finalist, Susan Griffin
And many more....

Something About The Women: Five Decades of Seeing by Irene Young. With Holly Near’s blessing, since it is from the title of her well-know song. Current Informal Description: Over 400 pages of mostly musicians, but also, writers, poets, comics, dancers, healers, activists, movers and shakers... in and around our women centered communities. The book spans 1975-2023. It is less about me, and more about all of us, what we did, and are still doing, through our remarkable ability to create community. To purchase:

Feedback I have been fortunate to receive:

"I don't know what to say. I gasped when I saw the book. Holding it in my hands I feel the weight of what you've done. A lifetime of seeing and honoring women musicians. I cried. The photo of you on the back is the person I remember first meeting. You documented what no one else has!  With love, respect, and an artist's eye.  There's so much humor in the book, but above all, beauty.  Your eye, your distinctive style comes through in every photograph. No one's life is easy, but you certainly have had your share of challenges and I feel like I've stayed connected to you through them all in some kind of karmic soul sharing. All this feeling, and I've only just begun to really delve into the book!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for sending me this beautiful testament to your life.  And it's only the first book!  Wow. –S.R.

“Omg, Irene. I am really speechless. Your book is an unparalleled achievement. I’ve never seen anything so visually stunning, so artistically monumental , so historically important. I bow down to you, Irene. The photos, the layout, the concept. It’s genius, Irene. And the love you brought to it that is apparent on every page, in every photo, in every written word — and the love that shows through back to you in every one of those historic women’s faces in those historic photographs is just so moving. What a testament by you and to you. What a one of a kind elite artist and documentarian you are. What a beautiful soul. Thanks so much for this gift to us, personally, and to the world.” –R.W. and M.L.W

"I wanted to let you know how much I loved receiving your book from Karen for my birthday in February. It was the perfect gift! I stayed up late that night reading and viewing cover to cover, and enjoyed every minute. It was so fun to see old friends, be reminded of so many artists, and be introduced to new artists. What an amazing collection of your beautiful work, creativity, friendships, connections, and accomplishments. You must feel so proud of yourself…it is extremely impressive body of work." –R.H.

"You have managed the capture both the inner and outer beauty of every woman in the book. I so enjoyed it. It brought back so many memories from seeing my first lover, long-time friends I have sung with, women I have seen on stage and listened to for many, many years, and women I have studied and read. Thank you, thank you. –J.M.

“I had no idea the book has so much writing in it… I thought it was just images. It’s fantastic! So much love and context and a beautiful perspective. I am so enjoying this.” –V.A.

"Your book is an amazement and a joy! You are astonishingly good…sending heaps of appreciation." –E.B.

"Irene, your book arrived a couple of days ago. What a wonderful trip down memory lane…I love your commentary as well as the images. Thank you so much.” –K.W.

"I received your book on my 73rd birthday. What a stupendous gift. Thank you for your dedication to your craft over FIVE decades...and for sharing your talent in this gorgeous collection. It is evoking many memories.

I loved the introduction, seeing into your soul of illuminating others, and making them comfortable in the studio. The accompanying write-ups are so important as well.” –L.G.

"I just got your amazing book!!!It's just fantastic! I will spend hours looking at it.You really have created an incredible document face by face. It is such an inspiration, not only the photography but putting it together so lovingly.  Bravo Irene! Proud and honored to have known you all these years as you were building this great archive of love.” –J.J.

"How wonderful to receive your stunning book yesterday, giving me the whole morning today to go through each page slowly and deliberately. To feel all that the photos and words bring to my soul. So moving...The book is a masterpiece of art and cultural history. Your photos are stunning and the story the book tells is nothing short of magnificent. What a triumph, Irene. I am grateful to have played a very small part. Applause and deep gratitude to you. –J.D.

"The book just arrived! It is gorgeous, a treasure, an exquisite chronicle of decades of music-making and a testament to your extraordinary gifts as a photographer. It is absolutely breath-taking. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

"Your book will have a treasured spot in my home.” –S.B.

"I gave your exceptional book to my partner for Christmas. We are both mesmerized by its beauty.” –P.R.

"Your book, sitting right here on my table, and your concerts were stupendous, truly both memorable and so, so moving. You have done an extraordinary amount of work, and provided such love and community for so many hundreds of us." –C.S.