Very Bad Grrrls

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There’s nothing like growing up right in the middle of a revolution and missing what was happening all around me, to make me feel pretty stupid. Sara Marcus’s excellent book, Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution will get you caught right up if you need catching up. I did. The story of the Riot Grrrl movement is a huge story, and one that’s not finished. A lot of what was happening here in the Pacific Northwest was happening around K Records, the legendary Indie label in Olympia, Washington. This is a huge story about music and social justice. This book woke me up. As a result I’ve been adding to my library some essential (yet missing) LPs from some of the legendary Riot Grrrl bands. (I’ve even been hearing that Sleater-Kinney will be reforming to record a new record!)