“Wherever we travel, people say how important we were in terms of influencing them. When I was growing up, there was only Suzi Quatro to look up to”: Girlschool’s Kim McAuliffe and Jackie Chambers on 45 years of a great British rock institution

Girlschool's Kim McAuliffe and Jackie Chambers
(Image credit: Xavi Torrent/Redferns)

It’s been a long time since U.K. rockers Girlschool broke the mold to become the first British all-female metal band to hit the big time – 45 years, in fact, as reflected in the title of their powerhouse new album, WTFortyfive.

Founding member and singer/guitarist Kim McAuliffe and “the new girl” – lead guitarist Jackie Chambers (who joined the band in 1999) – are stoked to be talking to Guitar World this far down the line.

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.