Daily Archives: January 28, 2010

Kathleen Hanna & Riot Grrrl Archives at NYU

Thanks to Grrrl Sounds for first posting about this news. Please visit her site as well and keep up with all your riot grrrl rock needs! Women in music need to stick together!

Kathleen Hanna, the famed Riot Grrrl (of Bikini Kill & later Le Tigre) who kicked off the movement in the early 90s (though she’s so modest and doesn’t want that title) donated a whole ton of her ‘zines, writings, and other material to the New York University Special Collections Library. They will be housed in the Fales Library Special Collections called The  Riot Grrrl Collection to preserve this amazing movement combining feminism, music, and young women.

The library notes on their website why it is important: “Because Riot Grrrl was (and is) both a political and a cultural movement, its output was diverse, including writing, music, performance, film, activism, photography, video, and original art, as well as documentation of activism and performance. This research collection will provide primary resources for scholars who are interested in feminism, punk activism, queer theory, gender theory, DIY culture, and music history.”

I think that this is just great! I have been trying to get copies of Kathleen’ Hanna’s, as well as, other Riot Grrrls zines from eBay and such, with some success. I mean, since they were photocopyed, you can make more, but after a while, the copies of copies of copies get rather hard to read. I am so happy that Riot Grrrl and the movement is getting some credit from the academic side. I mean they have for a bit, some texts have been written about it, but preserving these documents ensures it will never be forgotten!

You can listen to Kathleen on Zinecore Radio taking about it. Also check out a new riot grrrl article in The Guardian.

Another place that is trying to keep Riot Grrrl alive is the EMP (Experience Music Project) here in Seattle, WA. 

I visited the EMP, and have looked at their collection online and it is not bad. Sad though, because in comparison to all the men featured in that museum, the Riot Grrrl collection was more like a whisper than a growl.  When I was there, their Jimi Hendrix exhibit basically took up the entire museum. Ugh.

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