This is the second in a series of posts about Riot Grrrl, the feminist punk rock movement. The previous part is a BBC documentary that you can listen to here: Part 1: Riot Grrrls.
To continue with our rediscovery of Riot Grrrl, here’s an interview from CBC Radio of one of its pioneers: Kathleen Hanna. Lead singer and songwriter of the seminal Riot Grrrl band Bikini Kill, she looks back on her beginnings with the band and the movement in Olympia, Washington: her anger, the deliberate amateurism, her unvarnished performances that were often met with negative reactions and even violence. She reflects on the evolutions of feminism and Bikini Kill’s influence on today’s bands such as Pussy Riot.
This BBC Radio 4 documentary tells the story of Riot Grrrl, the exuberant feminist punk rock movement dating from the early 90s. Angry about daily situations they were facing, such as sexual harrassment, abuse and the erosion of abortion rights, teenage girls decided to speak out and express their outrage through punk music. Away from traditional feminism, their radical activism participated in creating a whole subculture, generating collaboration around live performances and fanzines, showing everyone that girls could shout, fight and be as powerful as the boys, if not more.
(Part 2: Interview with Kathleen Hanna is available here)