Tom Tom Magazine
Spring 2011 cover of Tom Tom
|Based in||New York City|
Tom Tom Magazine is a quarterly print magazine and website based out of New York City. It was founded in 2009 by Mindy Abovitz who currently serves as editor-in-chief. It is the only magazine in the world that is dedicated to female drummers. According to the magazine's website, "Tom Tom's purpose is to raise awareness about girl and women percussionists from all over the world, to inspire females of all ages to drum, and to strengthen and build the otherwise fragmented community of female musicians.". Tom Tom Magazine is distributed in the United States, as well as in Europe, Australia, South America and Japan and has many international subscribers and readers. While Tom Tom Magazine is a magazine dedicated to female drummers, its readership consists of both men and women.
Tom Tom Magazine includes many features including news, reviews, fashion and art. It also covers many topics such as technique for drummers, reviews of bands with female drummers, and reviews of equipment. Other segments of Tom Tom include “One Drummer One Question” in which female drummers respond to one particular question, and “Throwback” which features bands with female drummers from the past.
Many notable female drummers have been featured in Tom Tom Magazine. These drummers include, Yuko Araki, Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Kim Schifino (Matt and Kim), Sunayan Ghosh, Erica Garcia, Morgan Doctor, Bianca Sparta (Erase Errata), Andrea Alvarez, MNDR, Tune-Yards, Alessia Mattalia, Boom Boom Satellites, Terri Lyne Carrington, Liv Marsico, Patty Schemel, Daisy Palmer, Carla Azar and Dawn Richardson.
Cover Drummers featured on the cover of Tom Tom Magazine include Cindy Blackman, Susie Ibarra, Kim Thompson (Beyoncé), Sheila E., Palmolive, Janet Weiss, Liv Marsico (Cold War Kids), Suphala, Evelyn Glennie, Yoshimi, Sara Lund (Unwound).
In addition to being a print magazine, a website, and a social media community, Tom Tom Magazine throws events that celebrate female drummers, beat makers, musicians and DJ. Tom Tom has also set up panels and events at universities and colleges. These panels promote and discuss feminism, and women's representation in the media. Tom Tom has held events in
- Brooklyn, NY
- Manhattan, NY
- Portland, OR
- Austin, TX
- Miami, FL
- Los Angeles, CA
- Palm Springs, CA
- Barcelona, Spain
- London, UK
Tom Tom Magazine has also hosted panels at schools such as Carnegie Mellon University, Smith College, UCSD, New School, University of Guilford and Cal Arts. Tom Tom's panels have included prominent figures and celebrities including Yuka Honda, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Shirley Braha, creator of the television show New York Noise, Marisa Meltzer author of "How Sassy Changed My Life", and Emily Rems of Bust Magazine.
Contributors and staff
Mindy Abovitz (Publisher/Creator/Editor-in-Chief)
Marisa Kurk (Head Designer)
Rebecca DeRosa (Reviews Editor)
Melody Berger (Managing Editor)
Photographers Bex Wade, Bek Andersen, Stefano Galli, Jee Young Sim, Jennifer Leigh Aschoff, Erin Nicole Brown, Rebecca Smeyne, Piper Fergueson, Aaron Wojack, Andrew Strasser, Meg Wachter, Ports Bishop, Jay Oligny, Dan Watkins, Holly Andres.
Tom Tom TV Anthony Lozano, Anthony Buhay, Karl Lind
Regional Correspondents Lisa Schonberg, Valentine Freeman (Northwest Correspondent), Liv Marsico, Nicole Turley (LA Correspondents),Laura Fares, Megane Quashie (London Correspondents), Kiran Gandhi (DC Correspondent), Emi Karaya (Japan Correspondent), Rachel Thorne (Australia Correspondent), Sam Low & Sal Harrington (Bristol Team)
Writers/Contributors Evelyn Glennie, Allie Alvarado, Temim Fruchter, sts, Rachel Bloomberg, Farah Joan Fard, Dawn Richardson, Leslie Henkel, Adam Katzman, Sara Magenheimer, Caryn Havlik, Melanie Glover, Morgan Doctor, Alex Carulo, Bianca Russelburg, Adee Roberson, Michael Lowe, Fiona Campbell, Courtney Gillette, Stephanie Barker (Tech Editor), Anika Sabin (Review Editors), Fred Armisen, Brian Chase
Past Contributors include: Jessica Moon (Design Team), Harlo Holmes (Webmistress/Coder), Katyann Gonzalez (Web Editor), Candice Ralph (Head Designer), Angela Cheng, Tiny Favorite, Alex Carulo, Sean Desiree (Events), Cathy Hsiao, Teri Duerr (Copy Editors) Hannah Cristina, Linnea Lamon, Lindsay Birk, Stephanie Monohan, Katie Dvorsky, Jami Forshee (Interns)
Tom Tom Magazine is available by subscription, and is also carried in all Guitar Centers nationwide, many Barnes and Nobles and select music shops and independent bookstores. Some of the places that Tom Tom is carried include
- McNally Jackson Bookstore, New York City
- Kim's Video and Music, New York City
- Bluestockings Bookstore, New York City
- Other Music, New York City
- Main Drag Music, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- In Other Words Bookstore Women's Books and Resources, Portland, OR
- Dumpster Values, Olympia, WA
- Amoeba Records, San Francisco, CA
- Reform School, Los Angeles CA
- Gals Rock, Paris, France
- Missing Link Records, CBD, Australia
- Do You Read Me, Berlin, Germany
- The High Seas, Auckland, New Zealand