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African-American Women in Rock: Donna Summer

This is a guide to various resources at the Library and Archives that may be valuable to teachers who need resources relating to African-American women in rock and roll for use in their classrooms.

Donna Summer, 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

Donna Summer (vocals; born LaDonna Adrian Gaines December 31, 1948, died May 17, 2012) lived a life in music that was a study in contrasts: The “Queen of Disco,” who was a church-reared gospel singer throughout childhood and wrote most of her own songs; the diva de tutti dive, the first true pop diva of the modern era, who spent her formative years singing in a rock band. She won five Grammys and was the first artist to have three consecutive double-LP albums reach Number One. - See more at:

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All of our video on Donna Summer can be found here.

Spotify Playlist


All of our books on Donna Summer can be found here.

Rock Hall Video


All our audio on Donna Summer can be found here.

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