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Wears the Trousers Magazine

Wears The Trousers is a UK-based music magazine, which focuses on the contribution of women in music industry and on music created or fronted by women. The magazine operates on a not-for-profit basis and is currently published only in an online format. Although comprising an unpaid/voluntary editorial team it has quickly gained a reputation for the quality of its writing and layout and for an even-handed approach to its journalistic content.

Early history

The magazine was founded in early 2005 by Alan Pedder, a music enthusiast working in the scientific/technical publishing industry, partly as a reaction to the biased and often seemingly misogynistic treatment of some women artists by music journalists . The first issue featured former Alisha's Attic, lead singer Shelly Poole as cover artist, along with features on Diane Cluck, Beth Hirsch, Pooka, Kamila Thompson and Rickie Lee Jones.

Unusually for an online magazine, as well as browsable HTML content Wears the Trousers also features a fully typeset and print-ready version of each edition in downloadable PDF format. Cover stars on subsequent issues have included; Rosie Thomas, The Pipettes and Thea Gilmore.

In January 2006, Wears The Trousers was chosen for permanent archiving as part of the British Library/ UK Web Archiving Consortium digital preservation work, "The Women's Library" in recognition of its contribution to journalism relating to women and the arts. Wears The Trousers at The Women's Library


After a period of inactivity, in July 2008, Wears The Trousers relaunched with a new website. Issue five, which was due for publication in December 2007 but delayed, will finally be published along with issue six in September 2008.

Previous issues and feature artists

Issue one: artists and features Shelly Poole, Kamila Thompson, Diane Cluck, Beth Hirsch, Rickie Lee Jones Buyer's Guide, Modern Children's Music

Issue two: artists and features Mara Carlyle, Carolyn Mark, Nerina Pallot, Rosie Thomas, Eileen Rose, Sing-Sing, Jane Monheit, Allison Crowe, Nanci Griffith Buyer's Guide, Britpop retrospective, Review of 2005/Picks for 2006

Issue three: artists and features The Chalets, The Rogers Sisters, Devics, The Organ, The Pipettes, Neko Case, Elin Ruth, Bic Runga, Marissa Nadler, Emm Gryner, Terri Walker, MySpace, k.d. lang Buyer's Guide

Issue four: artists and features Thea Gilmore, The Cardigans, Emily Haines, Rainer Maria, The Dresden Dolls, Inara George, Joan As Police Woman, Mia Doi Todd, Tender Trap, Lisa Germano, Juana Molina, The Puppini Sisters, Broadcast, Lou Rhodes, Nerina Pallot, Astrid Williamson, Amy Wadge, Stephanie Kirkham, Sleater-Kinney Retrospective, Can Men Be Feminists? Aimee Mann Buyer's Guide

Issue five: artists and features Cerys Matthews, Scout Niblett, The Fiery Furnaces, Siouxsie Sioux, Rickie Lee Jones, Robyn, My Brightest Diamond, Stephanie Dosen, Terra Naomi, Basia Bulat, Architecture In Helsinki, Sons and Daughters, Carina Round, Kaki King, Kristin Hersh Buyer's Guide


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