In 1995, writer Amy Raphael exposed sexism in rock music. Almost 25 years later, has anything changed?


In August 1994, I interviewed American singer Courtney Love in a hotel room in London. Her band, Hole, had played an emotional set at Reading Festival the previous evening — the first since her husband, Kurt Cobain, had killed himself — and I wasn't sure in what kind of mood I'd find her. She hadn't given an interview since his death, but was making an exception because she hoped the stories she had to tell me would help young women in the music industry.

I was interviewing Love for my first book, Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock