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Kathleen Hanna And The Complicated Legacy Of Riot Grrrl

On Sunday the New York Times reviewed a Kathleen Hanna tribute concert that took place six months ago, as an entry into a discussion of how the 1990s feminist movement of riot grrrl (which included, but was not limited to, music) has, and has not, been remembered. The article’s timing coincided with the DVD release of the documentary Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour, which follows one of Hanna’s bands, Le Tigre, on their farewell tour in 2004 and 2005. The film is distributed by Oscilloscope, a company owned by Adam Yauch, whose fellow Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz is Hanna’s husband, and is one of several recent examples of riot grrrl veterans writing their own histories. The Times article also mentions Sara Marcus‘s recent book Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Movement, as well as NYU’s Riot Grrrl Archive.?
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Remembering Kurt Cobain

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Today marks the seventeenth anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain. The music he and his bandmates in Nirvana created helped to catapult the indie rock underground of the 1980s into the public spotlight and forge a new rock mainstream, inspiring and influencing millions of listeners.

But Cobain, who never found an effective way to cope with that spotlight, would likely prefer to be remembered as a person, not as an icon of sadness, forever moping over his guitar on the set of Unplugged:

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