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.
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.
Venus Zine, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in East Lansing, Michigan, in the Michigan State University dorm room of Amy Schroeder in 1995. 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. The readership is both male and female, but most articles are written by women.
In April 2010, the magazine was relaunched under new ownership of Sarah Beardsley who acquired the publication in February. In December 2010, the publication ended its print run and laid off all staff members.
Articles of note
In response to a 2003 article by Rolling Stone titled "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.
|2010||Spring||42||Melissa Auf der Maur|
|2009||Spring||39||Evan Rachel Wood|
|2008||Winter||38||She & Him|
|2007||Winter||34||Dita Von Teese|
|2004||Spring||19||The Von Bondies|
- In 2007, Venus Zine was named one of the Chicago Tribune's "50 Favorite Magazines."
- "Women's mag Venus Zine relaunched". New Statesman. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- Gillette, Courtney (14 December 2010). "R.I.P. Venus Zine". AfterEllen. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
- Groeneveld, Elizabeth (2010). "Join the Knitting Revolution: Third-Wave Feminist Magazines and the Politics of Domesticity" (PDF). Canadian Review of American Studies. 40 (2). Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- Bayne, Martha (22 September 2006). "The other alternatives: from DIY to slick and glossy". Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
- Groeneveld, Elizabeth (2016). Making Feminist Media: Third-Wave Magazines on the Cusp of the Digital Age. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. ISBN 9781771121026.
- "Folio Top Women: Anne Hartnett". Folio:. Access Intelligence, LLC. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
- Bream, Jon. "Web gem: www.venuszine.com". Minneapolis Star Tribune. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2008.
- "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Rolling Stone. 27 August 2003. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
- Gilmer, Marcus (6 March 2008). "Venus Zine's Top Female Guitarists". Chicagoist. Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
- Kaiser, Emily (6 March 2008). "Local Zine Names Best Female Guitarists". Gaper's Block. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
- "Our 50 favorite magazines". Chicago Tribune. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008.