Nov 03, 11
Read in September, 2011
Riot Grrrl was something that happened near me (literally, many of the interesting things happened in D.C., though many other things happened in the Pacific NW and elsewhere) and that I was aware of while it was happening but was in no way involved with at the time. I knew that it was a thing, largely due to the media coverage (which this book does a nice job examining critically), but also because there were a few girls I knew in high school who would have considered themselves Riot Grrrl. I'm now old enough that reading the history of something that happened while I was alive is starting to be a more frequent thing. I like it. Girls to the Front takes what seems to be a very amorphous and nonlinear series of events, bands, names, and ideas and puts a shape to it without (as far as I can tell as an outsider) being particularly reductive. Nice.