14 Notable Female Rock Drummers

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Last week, we rounded up a list of our favorite female rock bassists. We'd like to continue the trend of honoring rock's finest females, by next recognizing 14 notable female rock drummers. As usual, we will focus on the live-performing, touring drummers over time, rather than studio musicians.

14. Ali Koehler: Koehler joined all-girl noise-pop band Vivian Girls in 2008, replacing their original drummer--and fellow noteworthy female drummer--Frankie Rose. Just two years after joining the band, Koehler left Vivian Girls, in order to join Best Coast, the Bethany Cosentino-led pop-rock outfit with which she currently plays.

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13. Atsuko Yamano: A former fashion designer, Yamano was the drummer and a founding member of the Japanese garage-punk trio Shonen Knife. She briefly switched from drummer to bassist, before leaving the band in 2006. Kurt Cobain often referred to Shonen Knife as one of his favorite bands, likening his first time seeing them live to "a hysterical 9-year-old girl at a Beatles concert."

12. Dee Plakas: Plakas was the brazen, hard-hitting drummer for all-girl alt-metal band L7 from 1987 until their official break-up in 2001. She is now married to Kirk Canning, the cellist heard on Nirvana's Nevermind.


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19 comments
Carymcqueen
Carymcqueen

I must add Mercedes Lander from Kittie to this list, as in my opinion she is a better drummer than some of the women who made your list.

Agj
Agj

Becky Hanten.

Sissum71
Sissum71

Janet Weiss hands down people! Ask any drummer.

John Doe
John Doe

What about the chick from Kittie?

Olli
Olli

Yeah seriously Meg White? MEG WHITE?? Drummer???

And I agree with "DuckDuckGoose" where the hell is Honey Lantree?The first (famous) rock/pop drummer. It is said that she inspired Karen Carpenter to take up the drums.She started playing in early 1964 (or possibly late 63) and by August 1964 she was number one in the UK. A genuine natural. Pah!See thehoneycombs.info 

DerpityDerp
DerpityDerp

The graphic at the top of this post is retarded.

Paisleypinkstar
Paisleypinkstar

what happened to Leann Star Baty, drummer for the gypsy witch band and satanas luciferia..lol

MASSMURDERMEDIA
MASSMURDERMEDIA

how about that gal who drums with kid rock?...  don't know her name, but she's pretty heavy and i don't mean her weight...  could probably out drum most whiny-ass buzz bands with her pinky finger...

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Honey Lantree from The Honeycombs.

'Have I The Right' and other tunes readily available on YouTube. The group was produced by Joe Meek.

Jim Testa
Jim Testa

You also forgot Yo La Tengo's Georgia Hubley

BucketofStars
BucketofStars

Janet Weiss honorable mention? Ugh

Stella Mozgawa is sick, also.

Gg0563
Gg0563

Saw Cindy Blackman play when Santana came to town 2 months ago. She was INSANE. Played in heels, too.

Ken
Ken

Sarah Jones from Bat for Lashes and NYPC needs to be on this list.

Jarod Frank
Jarod Frank

C'mon now, what about "chick from Vixen"?

rob
rob

Carla azar from autolux is pretty good. That chick in Harry Pussy was good at playing and screaming at the same time. And the black angels have a cool drummer.

Championshipvinyl73
Championshipvinyl73

lol, I love the line of demarcation you have drawn between Kid Rock and whiny-ass buzz bands. Kid Rock (?) and his ridiculous drivel, (most often stolen from another artist) and buzz bands are synonymous.

april5k
april5k

Seriously, Meg White but not Janet Weiss!?

Neph Basedow
Neph Basedow

Ideally, this list would have been, like, 67 entries long ;)

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