lukas, January 29, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
We want a revolution girl style now!" Though chronically ignored, misunderstood or simply despised in its heyday, the politics and the music of the 90s riot grrrl movement remains influential and inspiring. I recently saw the Kathleen Hanna doc. "The Punk Singer," which led me to this important book which chronicles the music, culture and politics of the movement, which was never as homogeneous as outsiders painted it. If nothing else, the hostility, especially the polarizing/galvanizing Bikini Kill, brought out how little had changed in gender relations, esp. in the hyper-masculine rock world. These stories will lead you to some great music and unfortunately this is missing a comprehensive discography. I would also recommend "Cinderella's Big Score," "She's a Rebel" and "Love Rock Revolution."
Taylor M B, February 26, 2011 (view all comments by Taylor M B)
I read this book from cover to cover within days of buying it. I didn't expect it to be so entertaining because it's non fiction, but the riot grrrl movement was so well documented that I felt like I was there. I thought I knew a fair amount about this culture until I started this book and learned so much more. Every teenager, girl or boy, should read Girls to the Front.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"A Brooklyn-based journalist gives a brash, gutsy chronicle of the empowering music and feminist movement of the early 1990s led by young women rock groups like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile. Politicized by such national events as the backlash against feminism in the press, the first Iraq War, and the Supreme Court's gearing up to review Roe v. Wade, young women were incensed. Kathleen Hanna, a college student from Olympia, Wash., was spurred to action after interviewing writer Kathy Acker and working for a domestic violence shelter, and she decided to start a band. Hanna, along with Tobi Vail, a fanzine writer (Jigsaw) and former punk rocker who was dating Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, were on a mission to spread female rebellion via their band, Bikini Kill. Meanwhile, Allison Wolfe and Molly Neuman, who had met at the University of Oregon, were in Washington, D.C., cobbling together their own band, Bratmobile. Thus, writes Marcus in this compelling account, the Grrrl Revolution was sparked. Marcus enthusiastically tracks the 'scattered cartographies of rebellion' and captures the combustible excitement of this significant if short-lived moment. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
by Allison Wolfe,
"A historical rockument of the revolutionary 90s counterculture Riot Grrrl movement....A rousing inspiration for a new generation of empowered rebel girls to strap on guitars and stick it to The Man."
"Ambitious and convincing....Girls to the Frontmakes narrative sense out of events that had so far been recorded only in mythic, unverified, and fragmentary form."
by Eileen Myles,
"One hell of an empowering read....A scorching history of the Riot Grrrl movement....There's inspiration here. Read this book and feel it — a renewed energy, in talking about the roles women play in the scenes that we live in today."
by John Landis, director of Trading Places and The Blues Brothers,
"Stirring....Eloquent....Like Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain did in Please Kill Me...Sara Marcus's Girls to the Front tells the story of riot grrrl, one person at a time."
by Kim Gordon,
"A painstakingly researched and well thought-out tribute to a punk feminist era Sara Marcus clearly holds dear....It should be heralded as an uncannily insightful revelation of the motivations and inner-workings of Riot Grrrl."
by Harper Collins,
“For a Second Wave feminist like myself, Girls to the Front evokes wonderfully the way the generation after mine soaked up the promise and the punishment of feminist consciousness....A richly moving story.” —Village Voice writer Vivian Gornick
Girls to the Front is the epic, definitive history of the Riot Grrrl movement—the radical feminist punk uprising that exploded into the public eye in the 1990s, altering Americas gender landscape forever. Author Sara Marcus, a music and politics writer for Time Out New York, Slate.com, Pos, and Heeb magazine, interweaves research, interviews, and her own memories as a Riot Grrrl front-liner. Her passionate, sophisticated narrative brilliantly conveys the story of punk bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy—as well as successors like Sleater-Kinney, Partyline, and Kathleen Hannas Le Tigre—and their effect on todays culture.
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