She Shreds Magazine, founded in 2012, announced earlier this year that it would transition from Magazine to Media
June 30, 2020– Eight years ago, She Shreds Magazine disrupted the guitar industry by forming a publication that centered women-identified guitar and bass players and gear nerds in response to their glaringly evident lack of visibility in those spaces. In eight years, She Shreds single-handedly turned the industry standard upside down. They made room where there wasn’t any- for black, brown, LGBTQIA+ women and nonbinary players and beyond.
Earlier this year, She Shreds announced that it would be ending the print publication after the 20th issue and transitioning into She Shreds Media- think of it as an expansion, rather than an ending. Through the use of the ever-growing kit of digital media tools, She Shreds Media will continue to shift the paradigm, support women and nonbinary players across the globe, and hold true- perhaps truer than ever- to the message it’s amplified for all these years.
Today marks the release of the 20th and final issue, appropriately centered around the concept of Death and Rebirth. In her Editor’s Letter, She Shreds founder Fabi Reyna says ‘Like all of our previous releases, this issue shaped itself in a lot of ways. Long before COVID-19, our intention for the Death and Rebirth theme was to leave behind what was no longer serving us as a community, and to identify and introduce routines to strengthen our goals over the next decade. However, little did we know that we’d be producing this issue in a space between those two worlds: the death of World A and the rebirth of World B.’
The issue features Willow Smith, H.E.R, Buffy St. Marie, Yola, Margo Price, Esperanza Spalding, Laura Lee (Khruangbin), La Doña and more, and deals with big topics that are pertinent to the moment we’re collectively living through. As we wake up every day with the increasing awareness of the inexplicable murders of black and brown bodies at the hands of police, in the midst a pandemic disproportionately affecting marginalized communities, this issue does not shy away from such uncomfortable realities, but rather illuminates them by amplifying the art of those closest, and by fiercely imagining a better world. It is an issue that was birthed from the experiences, demands, and visions of black and brown power, and is to be used as a tool in the fight for justice.
She Shreds issue #20, Death & Rebirth, is out now. In the coming days She Shreds Media will be announcing its July programming, focusing on the guitar as a tool for revolution, and including intimate performances and collaborations from artists featured in this issue, among many others.
Today and for the month of July She Shreds will be donating 100% of digital sales to two organizations chosen by H.E.R and She Shreds: Rock The Vote: a 501(c)3 organization building the political power of young people, chosen by H.E.R. Give A Beat a 501(c3) organization reducing the harmful effects of incarceration through music production, DJing, and education programs, chosen by She Shreds.