Saturday, February 06, 2010

Viva La 90s!


I don't really have time for pleasure reading, but I made an exception for "Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music" by Maris Meltzer. Anyone who reads this blog will know that I love anything and everything from the 90s, so this book was really preaching to the choir! It's probably the most simple and comprehensive book you could ever read on the topic of riot grrrl and how it changed women's roles in music. Its only 145 pages, and I was so engrossed that I read it in one single sitting!

I have loved riot grrrl ever since I was 15. Its kinda cheesy but I'd say bands like Bikini Kill, Hole and Huggy Bear were formative and probably made me the person who I am today (all this was documented in a mega-post discussing "life-defining music"). Though I don't really listen to riot grrrl half as much as I used to, reading this book brought back so many memories of searching the internet and libraries for as much info on riot grrrl as I could possibly read. As a result, I had actually already read most of the articles that Meltzer references in the first chapter!

Growing up in the 90s, it was funny to think about how this music that got me through high school actually influenced the stuff I remember listening to when I was in Grade 1, like the Spice Girls! I always wanted to be Sporty Spice...

After reading it, I was inspired to channel my inner Kathleen Hanna!

In conclusion, Girl Power is an amazing read. Its the perfect primer if you aren't familiar with 90s music and want to know more.

27 comments:

Robyn said...

after reading two different blogger's reviews about that book..I might actually have to go hunt it down!

-Robyn

Alani Catleya said...

It sounds like a super fun read!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you really want to be Tavi don't you...

Juliette said...

I keep seeing this book everywhere! In magazines and around the blogger sphere. It must really be something special!

Being born in 1992, I didn't really start discovering myself until the 00's so I feel like I never got to experience the 90's. The only thing I really remember is a childhood full of Beanie Babies, Pokemon cards, and N'Sync!

WhereForArtThouRomeo

Holly said...

I ordered that book a few days ago, I can't wait for it to arrive. The Spice Girls' first album was the first CD I ever bought, when I was 11! I am looking forward to reading about the trajectory of Riot Grrl to them to contemporary female musicians. On which note, you might like to check out Florence and the Machine, she's big here in the UK now but I don't know how well known she is across the pond...she is amazing.

PS I really enjoy your blog, I've been reading for a while now, and you and Tavi are my undisputed favourites!

├×omeline said...

Hole <3

Ross said...

I need to find a copy of this book. I read "Wish You Were Here" about the indie-music scene across America. Sorry to hear of no targets in Canada, I didn't know they don't have it. So that sequin dress cost you a small fortune then?

Kylie said...

I'm going to read mine over spring break. Pretty pumped! Le tigre was my LIFE in 10th grade

ps- Your waist is TINY!! Lucky bish...

<3<3<3

pps- jk you're no bish. I LOVE YOU!! Go to the dollar store and get some blue hair!!

Eloise said...

Just because two people comment on the same book does not mean one wants to be the other. If i make a comment about a pair of shoes I do not aspire to become every single fashion blogger out there.
Your comment is stupid

Eloise

http://www.ineedmoreclothes.blogspot.com

The Tinder Box said...

Long live the 90s! about time it came around to be stylish, and we're not the only ones, the catwalk seems to think so too!

AFitz said...

Wow, I really want to be Isabel...

Hat said...

I HAVE to get that book. I'm a huge fan of the riot grrrl movement, love Kathleen Hannah. Other inspirations of mine are Juliana hatfield and Tanya Donnelly (Belly). I'm a guitarist in a band, two girls, two boys and we're very 'girl fronted 90s band' inspired! It's my favourite style of music.Thanks for posting this book, I'll buy it this week!

xxx

Urooba said...

90's music!
My limited knowledge includes the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, N'Sync, Backstreet Boys---real swell, huh?

That book is pretty, to say the least!

Am said...

Book sounds great! Since I grew up in the 90's I totally get why ppl still appreciate such a unique sound and movement...Le Tigre, Hole and No Doubt are my faves...although I'd hesitate to mention riot grrl and taylor swift in the same sentence...lol. As always great blog!
Acidchocolateneon.blogspot.com

Nicky Minus said...

Ah man, the 90s were the raddest of decades, just revitalising my love by overloading on the x files!!! And yes! Cannot wait for the pixies, i've seen them once before and seen frank black once before too and they blew my mind!!!!

Marta Represa said...

I love Girl Power!
Thanks for sharing this, it's true that the 90's were really interesting.
xx

inthereins said...

This is the second time I have seen this book mentioned! You have convinced me to give it a try.
=)

HoneyBunny said...

Sounds like a great read! I love books about music;)

pixelhazard said...

Just rolling through and your blog posts are so cute!

Faux Naif said...

you are totally nuts! it's just the angle, believe me. the good thing about photos is that you can pretend that the unflattering ones don't exist. YOU'RE the tiny one!

chloe said...

Oh, Tavi just blogged about this too! I know almost nothing about '90s music, as I grew up listening to Peter Paul & Mary, etc. during those years. haha! But it sounds like an interesting book. Maybe I'll check it out.

Orphaned Apparel said...

That book sounds great. Gonna have to track it down...

Love your life-defining music post too. :)

love buzz. said...

it's so annoying that everyone's jumping on the whole grunge/riot grrrl/90s bandwagon atm, that's why i really appreciate people like you. <3

Andrea said...

bikini kill <3

Andrea said...

bikini kill <3

Cameron said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/feb/18/kathleen-hanna-riot-grrrl?&CMP=EMCMUSEML731

thought i'd post a link to this here, GRITtv interview kathleen hanna about some things. enjoy!

Daisy said...

Fab post, I feel i must read this book!