- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (Sept. 28 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780061806360
- ISBN-13: 978-0061806360
- ASIN: 0061806366
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution Paperback – Sep 28 2010
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“For a Second Wave feminist like myself, Girls to the Front evokes wonderfully the way the generation after mine soaked up the promise and the punishment of feminist consciousness: all in all, a richly moving story.” (Vivian Gornick)
“Compelling. . . . A brash, gutsy chronicle of the empowering music and feminist movement of the early 1990s. . . . Marcus enthusiastically tracks the ‘scattered cartographies of rebellion’ and captures the combustible excitement of this significant if short-lived moment.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Marcus has done a commendable job of telling the little-known history of an important social and cultural movement. . . . A compelling history.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Original, witty, idealistic and down-to-earth, Girls to the Front is a chronicle of women, girls, music, sexism—and, best of all, what it means to be alive. Reader take heart: Feminism is not dead.” (Brenda Wineapple, author of White Heat)
“Sara Marcus’s Girls to the Front is a great & true & real history. Thank God. At last.” (Eileen Myles, author of Chelsea Girls and Inferno (A Poet’s Novel))
“Feminism seems to change every five years. It’s hard to grasp the movement. . . . Girls to the Front is not just a keeper of the flame but brings you to yr own fire.” (Kim Gordon)
“Stirring. . . . Eloquent. . . . Like Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain did in Please Kill Me. . . Sara Marcus’s Girls to the Front tells the story of riot grrrl, one person at a time.” (Bitch Magazine)
“Ambitious and convincing. . . . Girls to the Front makes narrative sense out of events that had so far been recorded only in mythic, unverified, and fragmentary form.” (Johanna Fateman, Bookforum)
“A historical rockument of the revolutionary 90s counterculture Riot Grrrl movement. . . . A rousing inspiration for a new generation of empowered rebel girls to strap on guitars and stick it to The Man.” (Vanity Fair)
“Girls to the Front is more than just a historical account of the riot grrrl movement. It is a reliving. For those who missed the happenings of that era, this book will make you feel as though you were right there.” (Venus Zine)
From the Back Cover
Girls to the Front is the epic, definitive history of Riot Grrrl—the radical feminist uprising that exploded into the public eye in the 1990s and included incendiary punk bands Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy, and Huggy Bear. A dynamic chronicle not just a movement but an era, this is the story of a group of pissed—off girls with no patience for sexism and no intention of keeping quiet.See all Product description
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Sara writes with fluid grace. The book is a quick and easy read. But that doesn't mean it is fluff. She successfully blends a reporter's disinterested view of good and not-so-good aspects of the riot grrls with accounts of the personal impact the movement had on her. Plus there is ironic humor in tales such as the media wanting to misspell "girrls" as "girls" while they would never in a million years be so uncool as to misspell Phish.
While the book focuses on the early 1990s, it is depressing relevant today. The laws and political actions against women's rights twenty years ago are nothing compared to what is happening now. Not only are conservatives trying to deny women health care, they are even questioning women's status as human beings. State legislators have compared women to farm animals to explaining the state's need to control their reproductive behavior. There are no longer any social limits to hateful actions and words that can be used against women, not to mention gays, immigrants, and anyone not a Christian American-born white male.
Riot Grrls are needed now more than ever. The book should be a rallying cry for future action as well as a great history of a too-brief shining moment in the feminist movement.