Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Rock magazines join forces to celebrate women

3:07, 29th January 2018

Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog magazines – and their online platform  TeamRock.com​ – are joining forces to celebrate women in rock, metal and progressive music.

The February editions of all three magazines feature female artists on the cover and contain interviews with some of their genres’ leading female artists.

The collaboration aims is to encourage debate, create awareness of the issues surrounding women in the  music industry, and support, enable and celebrate the music made by female artists past and present.

Classic Rock presents five split-covers, featuring Kate Bush, Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Skin and Girlschool. The free CD features bands with female members (like Blondie, The  BellRays, Rock Goddess, Blues Pills), and the issue contains interviews with some of  rock’s greatest female artists, including Suzi Quatro, Shirley Manson, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, Nancy Wilson.

Nightwish head up a special issue of Metal Hammer celebrating women across the metal scene. It includes interviews with Epica, Arch Enemy, Oceans Of Slumber, Myrkur, Venom Prison, Employed To Serve, Doro and more, plus a look at whether it’s still difficult for women to break into metal, and the people spearheading initiatives to help female musicians and fans.

Prog’s cover stars are Anathema, whose vocalist Lee Douglas has been voted Female Singer of the Year five times in the magazine’s annual readers’ poll, and includes a look at the changing role of women in progressive music in the modern age.

Online coverage will include regular opinion pieces, profiles, exclusive interviews and more.

TeamRock.com’s ​editor, Briony Edwards​, says: ‘Rock and roll was invented by women – and anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know  their history. Not only that, we’re better at it than men.

Eleanor Goodman​, Metal Hammer’s deputy editor, says: ‘Thankfully, the days of female fans being perceived as groupies and female musicians  being perceived as a novelty are receding into the past. Women continue to contribute to metal all across the industry, strengthening our world behind the scenes and onstage. In 2018, it’s even more vital than ever to celebrate their role.’

The next issues of Prog, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer are on sale 25 January, 1 February and 2 February respectively.

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