Experience Music Projects’ Riot Grrrl Retrospective!


Well, there’s nothing that makes you feel older than when a scene you loved gets put in a museum–even a virtual one–but here it is: The Riot Grrrl Retrospective, an online exhibit by the Experience Music Project that includes lots of footage, audio, zines and other memorabilia from the feminist Punk movement.

It’s a pretty interesting site, with an opening essay that discusses the media’s distortion and misunderstanding of the scene:

“The mainstream media also tended to focus on the performance aspect of riot grrrl, overlooking the fact that not every riot grrrl was a musician and that the movement encompassed much more than music — riot grrrls were also activists and writers who supported progressive causes like gay rights and abortion. Significantly, the movement attempted to reinvent feminism in its own image. Through publication, performance and meetings, riot grrrl became instrumental in helping young women navigate the cultural and political terrain of the 1990s.”

The goal of the retrospective is to re-examine the scene and clear up some of those misconceptions. Bands included are: Mecca Normal, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Raooul (yes!), Huggy Bear, Kicking Giant, Lois, Tiger Trap, and more.

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