Riot Grrrl (About) 20 Years Later



As most folks know, once a specific scene hits the 20 year mark, there seems to be a resurgence of interest by kids who had just missed the first wave. The 20 year mark also is accompanied by reflections from the people involved who have gained perspective and insight in the years following said scene.

So seems to be the case with the Riot Grrrl movement in 2010. In the June/July issue of Bust Magazine, Marisa Meltzer, wrote a great introductory piece about the movement, which featured interviews from Bratmobile's Allison Wolfe and Molly Neuman as well as Bikini Kill's Tobi Vail. Earlier this year, Meltzer also published Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music, which in addition to the Riot Grrl Movement follows the broader empowerment of women in music, from the Indigo Girls to Brittany Spears.

Later this year, Sara Marcus will be publishing Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution. The former politics editor of Heeb Magazine and regular contributor to Time Out New York, Slate.com, and Utne Reader, Marcus grew up in the DC scene and tells the story of how enthusiastic and informed young women across the country shattered the Slacker stereotype of Generation X.

In cities across the country, there are younger bands that have incorporated the Riot Grrrl influence deep into their core. Locally in the Bay Area, bands like Sourpatch, Fleabag, The Super Cutes, and Bam Bam are carrying the torch high.

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