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  MAYHEM 2010

Girl Punks: How the 1990s Riot Grrrl Scene Launched a Revolution

Girl Punks:

How the 1990s Riot Grrrl Scene Launched a Revolution


Hosted by Cynthia Lombard

Part One: Tuesday Mayhem 11th, 7-10pm
Playlist for May 11 (Ancestors of Riot Grrrl & Riot Grrrl Projects)
Archive:
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. [MP3]
8 p.m. to 9 p.m. [MP3]
9 p.m. to 10 p.m. [MP3]

Part Two: Tuesday Mayhem 18th, 7-10pm
Playlist for May 18 (Legacy of Riot Grrrl)
Archive:
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. [MP3]
8 p.m. to 9 p.m. [MP3]
9 p.m. to 10 p.m. [MP3]

With connections to punk rock and 'zine culture; the riot grrrl scene was spawned in the Pacific Northwest and the D.C. area in the early 1990s. Taking a DIY approach to both music and feminism, young women drew on the intensity of punk to bring girls to the forefront of their own music scene.

In the special, we'll provide a bit of history about riot grrrl and hear music from the artists typically associated with the scene, including Bratmobile, Lois, Mecca Normal, Heavens to Betsy, Excuse 17, Tream Dresch, and Jenny Toomey. We'll discuss how festivals in the Pacific Northwest helped to foster the movement, including the International Pop Underground Festival and later Yo Yo a Go Go. And, we'll take a look at how the riot grrrl scene empowered girls to start their own festivals and music tours, including "Free to Fight" (shows with music and self-defense demonstrations), and Ladyfest.

Additional Riot Grrrl Resources:
Riot Grrrl Retrospective at Experience Music Project
New York University's Riot Grrrl Collection (available to scholars in Fall 2010)
Riot Grrrl: Revolution Girl Style Now (book)


 

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