We Oughta Know: How Céline, Shania, Alanis, and Sarah Ruled the ’90s and Changed Music

Warner, Andrea

  • A lively collection of essays that re-examines the extraordinary legacies of the four Canadian women who dominated ’90s music and changed the industry forever

    Fully revised and updated, with a foreword by Vivek Shraya

    In this of-the-moment essay collection, celebrated music journalist Andrea Warner explores the ways in which Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, and Sarah McLachlan became legit global superstars and revolutionized ’90s music. In an era when male-fronted musical acts were given magazine covers, Grammys and Junos, and serious critical consideration, these four women were reduced, mocked, and disparaged by the media and became pop culture jokes even as their recordings were demolishing sales records. The world is now reconsidering the treatment and reputations of key women in ’90s entertainment, and We Oughta Know is a crucial part of that conversation.

    With empathy, humor, and reflections on her own teenaged perceptions of Céline, Shania, Alanis, and Sarah, Warner offers us a new perspective on the music and legacies of the four Canadian women who dominated the ’90s airwaves and influenced an entire generation of current-day popstars with their voices, fashion, and advocacy.

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  • Andrea Warner lives in Vancouver, BC, on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Her books include The Time of My Life: Dirty Dancing, Rise Up and Sing! Power, Protest, and Activism in Music, and Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography.

  • Published: October 2024

    ISBN: 9781770417748

    Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.25 in.

    Pages: 170

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“From the mind of one of our country’s finest writers, We Oughta Know is a history lesson in how misogyny marked the stratospheric careers of Canada’s four biggest female music superstars. A fascinating, fun, and infuriating read.” — Tegan Quin, Tegan and Sara