GIRLSCHOOL. British all-female heavy-metal band first formed in 1978 and frequently associated with contemporaries Motorhead. Formed from a school band called Painted Lady, Girlschool enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the UK in the early 1980s with three albums of 'punk-tinged metal' and a few singles, but lost their momentum in the following years. In the 1990s and 2000s, they focused on shows and tours and did few studio albums. They maintain a worldwide cult following and are an inspiration for many female rock musicians. Lead guitarist and singer Kelly Johnson died of cancer aged 49 on July 15th 2007.
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