book club: the riot grrrl collection
zines, essays, and kathleen hanna mixtapes bring this movement to life.
Inspired by the eponymous exhibit currently on display at the New York University library, this new book wraps all these documents up and puts them in this awesome DIY package with scrawlings, graphics and illustrations that practically pop off the paper-- so even if you can't be there to visit the goods in person, you can at least have them sitting nicely on your coffee table.
The contributor's list reads like a who's who of the movement. Edited by Lisa Darms, who was responsible for initially launching the college collection, the book also features an essay by Le Tigre's Johanna Fateman, donated posters by Bratmobile and Bikini Kill, and images from Kathleen Hanna (that's actually her cabinet on the cover!). It's an empowering reminder of this push against oppression, and it just might make you want to rip out the pages and plaster them all over your bedroom walls. (If so, you're not alone...)
But rather than just talking about it, it's way better to experience Riot Grrrl for yourself. Get a sneak peek of The Riot Grrrl Collection in the gallery and pick up the book here.