Bikini Kill

Statement of vindication: a riot grrrl primer

While a media-hyped grunge scene centered around Seattle was taking over the public imagination, a little bit further south in Olympia, an underground feminist punk rock scene was taking root. Northwest Passage takes a look at the movement that became known as riot grrrl.

Riot grrrl was an underground feminist punk movement that started in the early 1990s. While it’s known for its music, it was a full subculture that entailed fanzines, art and political activism. At its peak, thousands of people considered themselves part of the “Riot Grrrl” movement.

Riot Grrrl was based mainly in Portland, Olympia, and Washington, D.C., but numerous chapters were active across the nation and even in England. Newsweek estimated at one point there were 50 self-published Riot Grrrl-affiliated zines, all connected by an extensive mailing list network.

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[VIDEO] A retrospective on Riot Grrrl

Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage is an exploration of the music scene centered around Seattle in the 80s and 90s. This project looks at all aspects of the rock scene, not just the part that became known as the "grunge explosion." Learn more about Northwest Passage