Female Takeover After-Party: Cynthia Lombard - "Girl Punks" (rebroadcast)
Tuesday, March 14 7:00pm — 10:00pm
On tonight's "Female Takeover After-Party" edition of "Too Cool for School," Cynthia Lombard digs into the history of riot grrrl. The special: "GIRL PUNKS: How the 1990s Riot Grrrl Scene Launched a Revolution, Part 1" (see playlist) originally aired in Mayhem, 2010. 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.