Monday, 6 September 2010

Update on the Wears The Trousers/Ladyfest zine

In case you missed this, I'm curating a special one-off zine as Wears The Trouser's celebrates it's 5th bday this year and Ladyfest is throwing its 10th bday bash in November. With our mutual  DIY ethos and love for women in music, we thought a collaborative zine was in order. And YOU get to be a part of it! So scoot over to your CD/cassette/vinyl racks/ticket stub collections, and pick a song, album, female artist, female fronted band or even a live show that has had a major impact on you, and relive it in up to 400 words. And don't worry about writing skills, you don't have to be a music journalist to share yr story!

Everyone remembers the first time they heard one of PJ Harvey’s dark little ditties, or shrieked along to a Babes In Toyland number. Maybe you had your first mosh to L7’s ‘Shove’; maybe you heard Bikini Kill on a mixtape and it changed your life; maybe Kim Deal or Brody Dalle inspired you to pick up a guitar; maybe Tori Amos shocked awake the poet in you; maybe Ani DiFranco, Donna Dresch or Peaches helped you come out; and maybe Patti Smith or Kim Gordon taught you that being different can be way more fulfilling than fitting in. Maybe Mia Zapata helped you snarl a way out of the blues, or maybe you've got a poignant connection with a crackly Bessy Smith record.

This is about reconnecting people with the powerful experiences they've had through music, celebrating the impact music can have, and inspiring the folk who'll be reading them once they're all stapled together in a free, zine shaped bundle, so don't be afraid to get personal and bare yr bones. We're also welcoming photographic submissions, handwritten text and hand drawn illustrations. These should be A6 postcard size, and the font/handwriting on written pieces should as be a bold as possible! We've had some super duper submissions so far from some really rad people so why not jump on board with yr own tuppence worth?
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 Deadline is Ocotber 15th and here are some pretty wicked ladies to get you inspired: Skin, Mia Zapata, Ari Up, Beth Ditto, Mary J Blige, Babes In Toyland, Nina Simone, The Shaggs, Edith Piaf, Kat Bjelland, Frankie Rose, MC Lyte, Corin Tucker, Tracey Chapman, Diamanda Galas, PJ Harvey, Dessa, Ms Dynamite, Huggy Bear, Courtney Love, Joan Jett, SWV, Lauryn Hill, Gwen Steffani, Justine Frischman, Queen Latifah, Kathleen Hannah, Missy Elliot, Tracey O, Hope Sandoval, The Runaways, Hole, Tracey Chapman, Tairrie B, Siouxsie Sioux, Viv Albertine, Grace Jones, Donna Dresch, Salt & Pepa, Peaches, Amanda Palmer, Yo Majesty!, Patti Smith, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, The Ronnettes, Brody Dalle.....

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