PUSSY RIOT: Feminist punk band that received a three year jail sentence for performing a protest song.
PUSSY RIOT! A Punk Prayer for Freedom is a new e-book, collecting letters from prison, closing courtroom statements by the defense attorneys, and poems in addition to the infamous punk prayer and new translations of the powerful courtroom statements. Also included are tributes from Yoko Ono, Johanna Fateman, Karen Finley, Justin Vivian Bond, Eileen Myles, and JD Samson.
All proceeds from the sale of PUSSY RIOT! A Punk Prayer for Freedom will support the Pussy Riot legal defense team. PUSSY RIOT! A Punk Prayer for Freedom (90 pg) is available now for $2.99. More details at freepussyriot.org.
BRATMOBILE: Jen Smith from Bratmobile inspired the name "riot grrrl". The short-lived band reformed in the 2000 with Ladies, Women and Girls and I finally got to see the band live! When they first started in 1993, I was a little too young to attend their shows.
Although Bratmobile never said they broke up, everyone just assumed so. In fact, they wrote, "We never had a certain incident where anyone said "I quit" or whatever, so it's been vague and drawn out. Sorry if that's been confusing to people."
BIKINI KILL: I misspoke on the show saying that Kill Rock Star was releasing the 20th anniversary single - it is being released by Bikini Kill Records. This is a brand new label that was formed in 2012. Their first release is the re-release of their self-titled 12" EP, available on November 20th, 2012.
The vinyl reissue will include a new fanzine in the form of a 34" x 21" poster. Interviews with Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) and Molly Neuman (Bratmobile), and liner notes by Layla Gibbon (Skinned Teen, MRR). Plus excerpts from the band's zines (Bikini Kill #1 and #2, Jigsaw #4), and photos from bandmembers' personal archives.
Expect more Bikini Kill music to come out in the near future, including previously unreleased music on vinyl and CD (and of course digital downloads). Check out www.bikinikill.com.
LE TIGRE: Kathleen Hanna went from Bikini Kill's punk sound to a more dance/eletroclash/art rock band with Le Tigre. Definitely one of Hanna's finer moments.
They signed to Island Records, released one album, and then sort of disappeared. Officially the band is still together, as reported by Emily who said they recorded with Christina Aguilera.
A DVD called Who Took the Bomp?, directed by Kerthy Fix, was released last year. I reported it, saying that it was a tour documentary from the 2004-2005 era, and the DVD was being released by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
SLEATER-KINNEY: A band out of the ashes of Riot Grrrl band Excuse 17 (Carrie Brownstein) and Heavens to Betsy (Corin Tucker). Currently Brownstein is in Portlandia television show, Janet Weis drumming with Pavement/Stephen Malkmus, and Corin Tucker is in Corin Tucker Band.
GIRLS TO THE FRONT: Billed as "The true story of the Riot Grrrl revolution" this 2010 book, written by Sara Marcus, tells the story of the rise and eventual fall of riot grrrl and riot grrrl fanzines and conventions. This book is published Harper Perennial, more details at girlstothefront.com.
WOMEN MAKE NOISE: The email I got said this is a new book from Supernova Books, but I checked amazon.com and they are listing it as Aurora Metro Press - to be published December 11, 2012.
Billed as "girl bands from Motown to the Modern" goes beyond riot grrrl, but it certainly covers their share of grrrl bands in their "girl gang bands" section.
The whole thing was edited by Julia Downes.
Full disclosure: I did not read the book. Any opinions I expressed in the show is a first impression. I did flipped through it, most the bands are more obscured from the 50s and 60s and early girl punk bands like The Slits.
BONUS: Chia Pet, the Sassy band. Those Darlins dirty girls from Tennessee. Plus, Hospitality just played 400 Bar.
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