Welcome to WRPM!
WRPM's 25th year starts on December 6th 2002
was set up by Nicolle Freni and Tierl Thompson as part of
the Women's Art Collective in 1977. Caroline Hutton bought
it in 1979, and ran it as a sole trader enterprise, distributing
many radical and feminist titles into larger music stores
and bookshops as well as developing direct sales through mail
order, women's music festivals and womens' events, peace festivals,
conferences and other events.
the years, WRPM has built up a network of supportive and loyal
followers introducing new musicians and innovatory work to
the public. After 20 years Caroline gave up carting music
around on public transport, setting up stalls at events all
over the country, and has turned her attention to other things.
WRPM archive containing copies of everything that passed through
her hands, including vinyl, tapes, CDs and books, has been
lodged with the City of Birmingham Library. WRPM is already
referenced in the evolving canon of studies of music, sexuality
and gender such as Frockrock by Mavis Bayton (OUP 1998) as
well as the trade journals and directories.
1999 WRPM was taken on by Hilary Friend, based in Manchester
and she is continuing the Archive. The website was launched
in 2001 and reaches customers and supporters from Brazil to
Poland to Australia.
is now a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It aims
to make music by women available to a wider public through
the sales and distribution of music performed, composed and
wherever possible produced by women, by supporting up women's
music events and supplying educational resources.
offers a catalogue of recordings (CDs and tapes), books and
resource packs in 12 main sections, including acappella, feminist
and political, folk, world music.and women composers from
the 11th century to the present day. Whether you like listening
to music, you're a woman musician, we hope you find something
of interest to you too. Do visit the WRPM Forum to tell the
world about your interests and about WRPM in this anniversary
you would like to have a WRPM stall at your event or WRPM
stock in your library or shop, or with any other enquiry,
do make contact by phone, email or post.
is at 7 Thornbridge Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, UK