starfish cover by sarah leitten

About a year ago I started putting together an album of Bikini Kill covers, but it felt kind of weird/empty to release an album of Bikini Kill covers without contributing to the world somehow. So, I curated/edited a zine about Bikini Kill as both a band and a concept. Some amazingly awesome people contributed personal responses, memories, interviews, and instructions.

All proceeds from the zine will be donated to Chicago Abortion Fund.

I am incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed their time and energy and talents to make this zine: Isabella Aimone, Mariela Arzadun, Micaela Hester, Jess Hogan, Dustin Krcatovich, Missy Kulik, Sarah Leitten, Caroline Lucas, Rachel Masilamani, Liz Mason, Billy McCall, Celia C. Peréz, Lauren Redhead.

You can buy the zine, starfish, here.

If you’re curious about the cover album, you can check that out here.

kathleen hanna talks about the 90’s


i thought this was awesome. a touching recounting of the origins of smells like teen spirit, her friendship with kurt cobain, and her relationship with smells like teen spirit.

awesome interview with kathleen hanna

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just came across this righteous interview with kathleen hanna of bikini kill and le tigre. she’s donating some of her personal materials to nyu’s fales library. as she says on her blog

My papers will become a small part of a larger Riot Grrrl Archive that will allow scholars to access the good, the bad and the ugly as related to 90’s punk rock feminism. It is my secret dream that people who were actually involved will use the collection as a jump off point to write their own books, make their own documentaries etc…I feel pretty giddy about the whole thing.

pretty awesome! i’m stoked about this because one of the main reasons i got into the library/archival arts was my interest in documenting, preserving, and archiving traditionally undocumented communities, art, movements, etc. and i’m way glad that this is starting to happen at more and more repositories.

the video talks about role modelness, feminism, some of her experiences playing with bikini kill, etc…

ps. you should also check out the online bikini kill archive blog.