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Friday, September 16

Rock n Roll for Girls

FINALLLLLLYYYYYY there's some media material out there encouraging girls to be loud. A few much needed media resources for girls who rock have sprouted up in the past year or so. For girls who don't want to associate with corporate and societal standards of what girls should be interested in, it's hard to navigate in the media world. A lot of girls don't even know that mainstream interests don't have to appeal to everyone. It took way too long of me feeling uncomfortable in malls to realize that I didn't have to be there.

These publications respect girls no matter what age, treat them as mature human beings but provide support and excitement about the fact that they have so much they can learn and do. For some advice on how to rock, be reminded that it's never too early or too late to learn something new or start respecting yourself and your ideas, or keep up to date with what's new with the legitimately cool kids check out these new releases.

Rookie Mag- Tavi's New Online Magazine
While this magazine isn't all about 15 yr old Tavi, she's a pretty important figure in the young-badass-girl section of society these days and the editor of this new online mag. You can read about her here. While Tavi got her name as a young fashion connoisseur, Rookie isn't a fashion blog. As Tavi explains in her editor's letter "Rookie is not your guide to Being a Teen. It is not a pamphlet on How to Be a Young Woman...Rookie is a place to make the best of the beautiful pain and cringe-worthy awkwardness of being an adolescent girl. When it becomes harder to appreciate these things, we also have good plain fun and visual pleasure. When you're sick of having to be happy all the time, we have lots of eye-rolling rants, too." It just kicked off this month and posts are three times a day (after school, dinner time, and late night). So far, a great well-rounded site with no painful "let's-appeal-to-teens" corniness. It's a positive place to explore and be annoyed and learn new things and hear new voices. I'm all about that! While its primary readers-of-relevance are adolescent and teenage girls, if you're not in that age- or gender-frame, not to fret! It's still a great read for a bit of nostalgia, some good new music, or even advice that's refreshing at any age.

Tom Tom Magazine began in 2009, and is a magazine that focuses on girl-drummers. I love female drummers, and Tom Tom gives them much needed and deserved visibility in the rock world. Interviews, news, reviews, even a section on kid drummers! Not only are they a badass magazine, they have an awesome online presence, and do tons of collaborative shows, tours, and parties in different cities Some articles are available on their website, but I highly recommend getting a subscription, it's a kickass and very well done publication.
New release! I haven't read it yet but I was  excited to see that SubPop put it on their facebook page. Written by a female music nerd for girls with record collections. Hopefully it holds up!

The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom
The title is pretty self-explanatory...DIY ways to tackle all aspects of starting a band from a girl's perspective. Makes it seem easy and takes the fear away of being loud. It's got some first-hand advice from badass women rockers like Patti Smith, Kim Deal, and Kim Gordon and teaches girls a bit about Rock n Roll history along the way. Sweet resource to get girls playing music!

As always, this list could be bigger, and hopefully it'll keep trending in that direction!


  1. Great resources for rocker girls. Female bands in all over the world are an example of force and attitude. Keep rocking!!!

  2. Raincoats, Pandoras, Slits, Au Pairs, Muffs, Scrawl, Plasmatics, Cub, Bangles, Team Dresch, Go-Go's, Joan Jett, Antietam, The Gossip (hello Searcy, AR), Pretenders, Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney,
    ...the world needs more.


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