NILE RODGERS & DEBBIE HARRY 1981
My favorite NYT quote is about Kmart, but my second favorite is about Debbie Harry: "She just never stopped being cool." Nile Rodgers has also never stopped being cool. Here’s my review of his memoir… now he’s working on an album with DAFT PUNK.
Whitney Houston’s isolated vocal track on “How Will I Know.”
Most of my stuff like this is in the Riot Grrrl Collection at the Fales Library. Janelle Hessig made the flyer.
In 1995 I was an art student at SVA, having fled the imploding Northwest Riot Grrrl scene for New York City. Alex Bag’s character in her videotape Untitled Fall ‘95 (1995)—an SVA student who quotes Bikini Kill, suffers through a class taught by Josh Decter, and has shitty jobs—so closely mirrored my circumstances, I felt queasy as I tittered in the gallery. Bag’s work offered liberation through embarrassment—as humbled and indicted as I felt by the portrayal of her student’s juvenile angst, I was elated and vindicated by her punk-style critique of art school and the entry-level art world. Most importantly, I realized that the personal and intellectual isolation I felt that time was the obvious subject for my own art.