Spotlight On: Super-inspiring She Shreds Magazine
'Spotlight On' is our new features series – short, snappy and shining a light on a few of our favourite things. This week, Jade French picks She Shreds Magazine. If you'd like your work to be Spotlighted email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I remember being a teenager and saving up to devour the NME and Sugar in equal measure. It never occurred to me that there should be a cross-pollination between the two – that life advice for teenage girls and music making weren’t mutually exclusive. So, it falls to a publication like She Shreds magazine to step into the gap, to represent women making music in an accessible way.
The magazine is a whirlwind who’s-who of female guitarists and bassists – and the only publication in the world of its kind. Which maybe says something. If you've ever wanted to pick up a guitar and start shredding - this is the place to flick through, with inspiring interviews (you can't be what you can't see!) and practical advice all mixed together.
Currently 10 issues strong, their cover stars include Laura Jane Grace and Esperanza Spalding. Interviews with icons like Kim Gordon and Annie Clark, sit alongside the damn-they're-so-good likes of Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Thao Nguyen. There’s also handy how-to articles on restoring guitars and getting to know your amp.
Similar to the female-drummer dedicated Tom-Tom magazine (which we also love), these are the places you go to see women represented fully in music. Novelty is dispensed with, as these beautifully designed magazine draws you in with strong graphics, crisp fonts and fiercely researched articles. In an age where they say the music industry and print are dead – She Shreds proves everyone wrong.