Being that my love for music is so strong, I often go around the internet reading articles about different genres of music to help me get a better idea of the history of such genres. Even when it is a type of music I know well, it is always good to hear a voice I haven’t heard on the topic before. To that end, I came across an amazing article from 2009 in the Guardian UK that talks about the ten myths of Riot Grrrl. It was written by the wonderful Everett True, one of the legendary music writers in the UK. These were the 10 myths that he came up with:
1. That it existed as a moment in time
2. It began in Olympia, WA, in 1991 in the aftermath of the first IPU (International Pop Underground) convention
3. The fact that two members of Huggy Bear – a leading UK proponent of Riot Grrrl – shared a Brighton house with two Melody Maker writers had any bearing on anything
4. Riot Grrrl was (and Ladyfest is) unnecessary: equality was achieved long ago in “alternative” music
5. It didn’t matter which side you were on
6. Riot Grrrls hated men
7. There is only one version of history
8. Riot Grrrls don’t drink or party or know how to have a good time.
9. Courtney Love had anything to do with Riot Grrrl
10. It’s over
Be sure to go check out the whole article here.There is elaboration on each topic for you to enjoy.