The Curse was a punk girls’ house in Portland, Oregon in the 1990s. I lived there and made the flyer above for a party we had in our basement. Troublemakers = Kathleen Hanna, Molly 16, and me. This was our first show, and it was also Donna-Jody-Kaia’s first show. They soon, of course, became Team Dresch. You can see the duct tape goo on the bottom of this picture from where it was taped to the top of my record player. (When I moved to NYC I missed my scene, and I was proud TD was getting kind of famous!) The flyer is included in The Riot Grrrl Collection, and Lisa Darms wrote about it, among other selections, for the Paris Review Blog here. And here’s an excerpt regarding the Curse:
LISA: Johanna also told me that, despite the fact that the Curse was sometimes referred to as a “separatist” house, “as an unruly group, ideologically and sexually, there were shifting and flexible ideas about regulating the presence of boys. The crucial thing to protect was the sense of feminist creative autonomy, as the house was a hotbed of artistic production—particularly experimental writing, feminist vandalism, and band development—and under no circumstances were boys to air their dreaded constructive criticism on the premises.” Johanna remembers that, during the show this flyer advertises, Excuse 17’s male drummer had to wait in the van when not onstage.
12:25 pm • 31 July 2013 • 96 notes
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7:52 am • 23 July 2013 • 5 notes
WOMEN ARE THE REAL EXPERTS 1969/2013
9:48 am • 26 June 2013 • 355 notes
The Riot Grrrl Collection at BOOKMARC: We’ll be signing books tonight, June 25th, 6-8PM. 400 Bleecker Street at W 11th.
(Here’s the full Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis grunge collection runway show with music by L7, X-Ray Spex, and Sonic Youth. Here’s the FB event. Here’s where to order the book.)
8:00 am • 25 June 2013 • 12 notes
BEFORE AND AFTER: Kristin’s client stopped by the salon today to trade in her long hair for an awesome little fauxhawk. And it looks amazing! We loved her.
6:42 pm • 13 June 2013 • 498 notes
Here’s Le Tigre’s first “press release” (from 1999 probably). It’s been resurrected to accompany a piece I wrote for issue #2 of the RBMA Daily Note about our version of protest music. You can pick one up on the streets of NYC maybe (it’s the one dated 4/29 with Public Enemy on the cover) or you can read it here. (My essay is on pages 14 and 15.) Or it’s also posted here with embedded videos.
11:40 am • 30 April 2013 • 316 notes
Join my BFFs Lisa Darms, Kathleen Hanna, Ramdasha Bikceem and me to celebrate the publication of The Riot Grrrl Collection, a new book published by the Feminist Press. May 29th at the Fales Library, NYU, 7PM.
Above: Front cover of the legendary New Jersey skate punk zine GUNK, issue #4, 1993 (?), by Ramdasha Bikceem.
11:00 am • 23 April 2013 • 27 notes
Johanna Fateman is a musician (Le Tigre), writer and artist who co-owns Seagull Salon, which I recently described in an email as “like the part in The Wizard of Oz where they get to the Emerald City and get makeovers, except also like being in your own apartment hanging out with your friends.” In addition to her criticism and scholarship, she also maintains the best twitter. We asked her about what she’s working on and what she’s reading (in addition to Speedboat, of course.)
4:30 pm • 27 March 2013 • 51 notes