Venus Zine

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Venus Zine
Venus Zine.jpg
Editor-in-chief Jill Russell
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 90,000 (2010)[1]
Publisher Anne Hartnett
Marci Sepulveda
Founder Amy Schroeder
First issue 1995
Final issue
— Number
Fall 2010
44
Website venuszine.com (defunct)

Venus Zine was a quarterly internationally circulated magazine covering women in music, film, art, entertainment, literature, fashion, indie culture and DIY culture. It was published from 1995 through 2010.[2]

Venuszine.com was the daily updated online companion to the magazine. Venus Zine and venuszine.com featured interviews with artists including Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, and Kim Deal in addition to edgy and up-and-coming musicians, designers, writers, actresses, and DIY entrepreneurs.

History[edit]

Venus Zine, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in East Lansing, Michigan in the Michigan State University dorm room of Amy Schroeder in 1995.[3] It began as a photocopied, black and white, stapled fanzine but over the years grew into a full-size glossy publication. In 2006, it was bought by two magazine publishers, Anne Hartnett and Marci Sepulveda, who also publish Chicago Agent magazine. The magazine covered music, fashion, and culture.[4] The readership is both male and female, but most articles are written by women.[5]

In April 2010, the magazine was relaunched under new ownership of Sarah Beardsley who acquired the publication in February.[1]

Articles of note[edit]

In response to a 2003 article by Rolling Stone titled[6] "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", which included only two female guitarists, Venus Zine published their own "Greatest Female Guitarists Of All Time" list. Put together through nominations by experts Abigail Aronson Zocher, Kenneth Bays, Calvin Johnson, Evelyn McDonnell, Amy Phillips, Jaan Uhelszki, and Nan Warshaw, the list features the 46 women deemed worthy of being called the greatest including: Joan Jett, Odetta, Carrie Brownstein, Memphis Minnie and Chrissie Hynde.

The list has been mentioned and discussed by such Web publications as Chicagoist and Gaper's Block.

Past issues[edit]

Year Quarter Issue No. On the cover
2010 Fall 44 Zoe Kravitz
2010 Summer 43 Jack White
2010 Spring 42 Melissa Auf der Maur
2009 Fall 41 Cobie Smulders
2009 Summer 40 Ximena Sarinana
2009 Spring 39 Evan Rachel Wood
2008 Winter 38 She & Him
2008 Fall 37 Kid Sister
2008 Summer 36 Missy Elliott
2008 Spring 35 Juliette Lewis
2007 Winter 34 Dita Von Teese
2007 Fall 33 M.I.A.
2007 Summer 32 Björk
2007 Spring 31 Feist
2006 Winter 30 Cat Power
2006 Fall 29 Anna Sui
2006 Summer 28 Amy Sedaris
2006 Spring 27 Neko Case
2005 Winter 26 Lady Sovereign
2005 Fall 25 Ana Gasteyer
2005 Summer 24 Sleater-Kinney
2005 Spring 23 Sarah Silverman
2004 Winter 22 Joanna Newsom
2004 Fall 21 Le Tigre
2004 Summer 20 Janeane Garofalo
2004 Spring 19 The Von Bondies
2003 Winter 18 Natasha Lyonne
2003 Fall 17 Peaches
2003 Summer 16 Liz Phair
2003 Spring 15 Cat Power
2002 Winter 14 Aimee Mann
2002 Summer/Fall 13 Sleater-Kinney
2002 Spring 12 Tanya Donelly
2001 Winter 11 Le Tigre
2001 Fall 10 Quasi
2001 Summer 9 The Butchies
2000 Fall 8 Mascott
2000 Summer 7 Sleater-Kinney
2000 Spring 6 Cibo Matto

Press[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Women’s mag Venus Zine relaunched". New Statesman. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Bayne, Martha, "The other alternatives." Chicago Reader, 22 September 2006. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  4. ^ Kricke, Dan, "Cool counts for something, but maybe not much in the Presidential race." FoxNews.com, 31 July 2008. Retrieved 21 February, 2009]
  5. ^ Bream, Jon, "Web gem: www.venuszine.com," Minneapolis Star Tribune, 21 June 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2008.
  6. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5937559/the_100_greatest_guitarists_of_all_time/
  7. ^ Our 50 favorite magazines. Chicago Tribune June 26, 2007

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