the riot zine

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Nearly finished my females of rock zine! There are so many more women I wanted to put into this but these are the ones who have influenced me the most. I’m really happy with how it’s turning out. The quotes are from Riot Grrrl and varying artists through the booklet. 

So i'm thinking of doing an online zine

So, i’m thinking of doing an online lgbtpn community zine for this June (since it is national pride month and the 1 year anniversary of the pulse shooting) and i’d like to title it “Today we rise,Tomorrow we riot” and i want it to be about lgbtpn visability and resistance. If you would be interested in submitting poems/works of art/short stories about your experiences with visability and resistance please let me know

- your fave lesbian
Natalie

A Groupie’s Booklist: The Essential List for Grrrls Who Love Music

Are you not a groupie, but a “Band Aid” as Penny Lane famously put it? Is your love of music beyond the scope of a crush, to the point of being an entire lifestyle? Are you sick of being told by boys to just admire, and feminists of a less open minded kind telling you to tone it down, to not be so desperate? These are my favorite books when I want to be a fan, and not an uppity “music writer.” Here’s this weeks installment; I’ll have three more review next week!

1.) Just Kids by Patti Smith

I never expected to love this book so much. I read it two years ago, and have been re reading passages over and over since. In it, we learn what it is to love and turn that love into your life, to become fully yourself through your adoration of others. Throughout the book, Patti describes every beautiful and melancholy detail of escaping her small Jersey town, falling in love with almost everything, including Robert Mapplethorpe, dirty hotels, and people others might view as broken, who she describes with the adoration of someone witnessing earthly angels.

2.) There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson

Though much more critical and questioning than Patti’s book, Robinson’s book is an in depth thesis on what it is to be an effortlessly cool rock journalist. Throughout the early parts of her career, she traveled with the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, championed the New York Dolls, and founded the cult favorite music ‘zine, Rock Scene. Lisa never fails to express a negative opinion (she doesn’t like Madonna! Gasp!), but her love of other acts, like Michael Jackson and The Clash, are relatable to any impassioned music fan.

3.) Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus

Before I liked Nirvana or the Sex Pistols in high school, I loved Riot Grrrl bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile. In this book, Sara Marcus takes us into the DIY venues and independent, feminist art galleries of early 90s Olympia and beyond. While those more famous bands (Bikini Kill and Bratmobile) get plenty of pages, Sara dedicates just as many, if not more, to smaller bands and zine writers, like Nomy Lamm of the fat positivity zine, “I’m So F*cking Beautiful” and even notable fans like Jessica Hopper, who has since become a famed music writer. While Sara sings much of Riot Grrrl’s praises, she also acknowledges its problematic aspects of punk exclusivity and its frequent ignorance of intersectional issues.

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