Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus
The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

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“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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Sara Marcus is a write and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. Her prose and poetry have appeared in publications including Slate, Time Out New York, The Advocate, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Heeb, where she was the politics editor for five years. Marcus received an MFA from Columbia University.
Published September 28, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 384 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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As the bands involved and the group gained media attention, though, a debate erupted about where feminist attention should be paid and what the aim of riot grrrl should be—all while the movement faced scrutiny from the cultural right wing, and the music faced unflattering comparisons with Nirvana...

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The first part of "Girls to the Front" (named after the decree by which females pushed aside males at punk shows) captures the heady political and artistic breakthroughs of Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy, Bratmobile, Nikki McClure, Girl Germs, Jigsaw, and of course Riot Grrrl — the name of a zine ...

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