tobi-vail

Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill spray painted “Kurt smells like teen spirt man” on a wall in Kurt Cobains apartment because that’s the type of deodorant his girlfriend wore and he didn’t know it was a deodorant and thought it sounded cool and wrote a song about it and if you don’t think that’s the coolest thing you’ve ever heard you can get RIGHT out of town

“Can’t you picture it—gangs of girls—teenage girls in gangs all across america, breaking through boundaries of race and class and sexual identity, girls so strong together that they don’t listen to people who tell them they are stupid or that they don’t mean anything because they don’t really exist—girls so strong together that no one dares to fuck with them when they are walking down the street—girls so strong together that they learn to help out their moms and help them to get away from their dads when necessary….GIRL SOLDIERS….we need jackets. And just think of the books that will be written, the cultures that will arise, the bands, the movies that will be made etc.”

— Tobi Vail, 1991

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Fan request, Kurt Cobain’s letters to Bikini Kill.  He writes about the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music videos ideas, the entertainment industry, “things that have been taken”, drugs, almost being killed by ‘gang members’ with Dave Grohl & Franz Stahl, & much more.