Are women under pressure to look marketable in today's music scene?


Last month some of progressive music's leading singers and other women who work with the genre gathered at London's You Tube Space for a discussion on the changing role women have to play in progressive music - long seen, if somewhat incorrectly these days, as a male-dominated genre.

Pentangle frontwoman Jacqui McShee, Heather Findlay, Cellar Darling's Anna Murphy, iamthemorning singer Marjana Semkina, Magenta's Christina Booth, music PR Sharon Chevin, who works with Steve Hackett, Yes, Ian Anderson and more, and Catherine Jackson, the promoter of the new prog festival Radar discussed their experiences in a frank and open discussion chaired by Prog's own Jo Kendall.

In this excerpt they discuss whether women are under pressure to look marketable or present themselves in a certain way in today's music scene. Sadly, judging by some of the comments that have been left for some of these previous posts, a horribly mysogynistic attitude is still prevalent in certain quarters!

Heather Findlay's new album Wild White Horses is released on July 5. Heather is also involved in the Secret Sari Dress Campaign which aims to help stop human trafficking. You can learn more about it here.

iamthemorning will release their new album The Bell through Kscope on August 2. Singer Marjana Semkina has a Patreon page here.

Radar Festival, featuring Animals As Leaders, Agent Fresco, Uneven Structure and more, takes place in Guildford on August 2/3. Tickets are available here.

You can watch previous #SheRocks clips here:

Part Four

Part Three

Part Two

Part One

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.