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Holly Kruse

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"These differences can make it difficult for female musicians to enter male-dominated musical cultures."
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Holly Kruse (1999). Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture, pg. 94. Malden, Massachusetts. ISBN 0631212639.

 
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