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Rebel Girl(s)

The song from the band Bikini Kill, "Rebel Girl" (1992) written by the band members Billy Karren, Kathi Wilcox, Tobi Vail and lead singer Kathleen Hanna is a good representation of the Punk subgenre 'Riot grrrl'.


A great cover from The Melvins.  However rebellious this music may seem to some, you need to go way back to understand this is nothing particularly new.

There is a long history of women who created their own way to express themselves through music. I've mentioned some of them (pioneers if you will) in previous blogs like Sister Rosetta Tharpe in my first blog and Ma Rainey in my fourth posting. While some of these artists are hard to classify they fall generally under certain genres and subgenres. The aforementioned being primarily gospel and blues respectively, each type of music had its innovators and leaders, some well known, others much less so and even quite obscure. It will take more than one blog post but I'm going to pick a few of the major g…