Girls to the Front

The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

Marcus, Sara, 1977-

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Girls to the Front
Baker & Taylor
A history of Riot Grrrl, a radical feminist movement that was started in the 1990s by young women who were fed up with sexism and harrassment and decided to make some noise.


“For a Second Wave feminist like myself, Girls to the Front evokes wonderfully the way the generation after mine soaked up the promise and the punishment of feminist consciousness....A richly moving story.” —Village Voice writer Vivian Gornick

Girls to the Front is the epic, definitive history of the Riot Grrrl movement—the radical feminist punk uprising that exploded into the public eye in the 1990s, altering America’s gender landscape forever. Author Sara Marcus, a music and politics writer for Time Out New York,, Pos, and Heeb magazine, interweaves research, interviews, and her own memories as a Riot Grrrl front-liner. Her passionate, sophisticated narrative brilliantly conveys the story of punk bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy—as well as successors like Sleater-Kinney, Partyline, and Kathleen Hanna’s Le Tigre—and their effect on today’s culture.

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Chronicles the short-lived music and feminist movement of the early 1990s and profiles the contributions of female rock groups including Bikini Kill and Bratmobile.

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0061806366
Branch Call Number: 305.4209 M
Characteristics: viii, 367 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: American Music Collection


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Jan 29, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"We want a revolution girl style now!"
Though chronically ignored, misunderstood or simply despised in its heyday, the politics and the music of the 90s riot grrrl movement remains influential and inspiring. I recently saw the Kathleen Hanna doc. "The Punk Singer," which led me to this important book which chronicles the music, culture and politics of the movement, which was never as homogeneous as outsiders painted it. If nothing else, the hostility, especially the polarizing/galvanizing Bikini Kill, brought out how little had changed in gender relations, esp. in the hyper-masculine rock world. These stories will lead you to some great music and unfortunately this is missing a comprehensive discography. I would also recommend "Cinderella's Big Score," "She's a Rebel" and "Love Rock Revolution."


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