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Monday, November 5, 2012

Portlanders Launch She Shreds, a Magazine of Women Guitarists

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 2:08 PM

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The self-proclaimed "very first printed magazine in the world that focuses exclusively on female guitarists" has launched right here in Portland, Oregon.

The inaugural issue of She Shreds is a glossy 23-page magazine featuring interviews with Corin Tucker and Scout Nibblett, some guitar-playing tips, and a profile of a Portland fuzz pedal builder. Put together by local musicians Natalie Baker and Fabi Reyna—who's currently touring Europe with Chain and the GangShe Shreds is a DIY affair that bears a lot in common with female drummer magazine Tom Tom.

"This was Fabi's dream for a long time," says Baker, who's editorial director of the new magazine and plays guitar herself, though not in a band. "When she'd read mainstream guitar magazines, there'd be no women. Or if there were, they'd just be showing off guitars, wearing bikinis or something. There are lots of badass people on guitar who are not being represented." The ladies raised over $1000 at two benefit concerts to publish the first issue of She Shreds, which you can buy in Portland at Reading Frenzy, Powell's, Jackpot Records, and Everyday Music. You can also order a copy of the magazine online for $5.

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