Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Interesting Question: Do Women Share Music Differently Than Men?

  • March 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I’m not so sure that this is a male/female thing. I think it is more based on how much each individual enjoys music. The conversations she has had with her female friends, I have had similar conversations with both my male and female friends. These were friends who loved and understood the emotional and personal connections to music as much as I did. I have also had the friends (male and female) who didn’t really care or click with what I was trying to show them. Although men and women may have connections to different songs, artists or genres, it is their passion for music that unites them.

  • March 27, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I agree there’s different ways of sharing music, but I really don’t think it breaks down along gender lines, if only because I’m a woman who knows mem who shares music like I do (and that’s not the way described in the article).

    The only thing I can think of that’s gendered are those (thankfully rare) musical blowhards who give women playlists for the purposes of appointing themselves curaters of taste. As in, “everything you like is crap, so I’m going to give you these playlists and bully you into listening to them, and lecture you about why they’re superior to the music you like.”


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