In her new book Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music, Marisa Meltzer takes readers on a journey from the moment when Tobi Vail first transfigured the word “girl” to “grrrl” all the way to the current cultural supremacy of all things Miley. As she explains in the preface: “The story of girl power kicks off with riot grrrl, but this isn’t a book just about riot grrrl, or even the nineties. It’s also a book about how everything that happened afterward was just as, if not more, important: how an underground movement trickled up from punk-rock utopias to teen girls’ bedrooms around the world.”
To celebrate its release, we asked Meltzer to provide a list of the most essential female artists from the ’90s — the decade that birthed the girl power revolution. Chime in with your own music heroes in the comments.
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For this fine Wednesday’s pictorial pick we decided to pay homage to the king and queen of rock’n'roll couples (and our Soho neighbors) Kim and Thurston. This picture, taken by Stephanie Chernikowski in 1983, is on view in the Looking at Music: Side 2 exhibition opening today at MoMA.
Today at Flavorpill, we took an architectural tour of the High Line. We couldn’t believe that the last piece that J.D. Salinger published was a short story back in 1965. We found it funny that Jay-Z is taking on Auto-Tune (and we know who we’d back in a fight…). We wanted the… Read More
Today we learned that the Dalai Lama has a Twitter feed — or maybe not. We decided that we will shop Kim Gordon’s new line at Urban Outfitters. We listened to Wavves. We considered adding RuPaul’s show to our must-DVR list. We got even more pumped for a Veronica… Read More