RADICAL ACT

 
 

Kathleen Hanna recently donated her zines, essays, photographs and Riot Grrl-era correspondence to NYU's Fales Library. The collection is the first major acquisition for the library's new Riot Grrrl Collection. She recently spearheaded the Bikini Kill archive in an effort to catalog fan experiences with her seminal punk band.


See a recent interview with Hanna on GritTV.

 

Where Are They Now?

Evelyn McDonnell has been writing about popular culture and society for more than 20 years. She is the author of three books: Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork and Rent by Jonathan Larson.

She coedited the anthologies Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap and Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth. The Miami Beach-based journalist has been the editorial director of www.MOLI.com, pop culture writer at The Miami Herald, senior editor at The Village Voice, and associate editor at SF WeeklyOfficial site.


See our recent discussion with McDonnell.

Over her 24+ year musical career Gretchen Phillips has been cited as an influence for bands as diverse as Le Tigre, Pansy Division and The Butchies.


After one gig at SXSW her band Two Night Girls was signed to Rough Trade records, releasing three full-length albums and receiving the prestigious GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) media award. She resides in Austin, TX and continues to play music even has her fingers bleed. Official site.


See our recent discussion with Phillips.

Shirle Hale studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and played music with Women of Destruction and Mary Lou Lord.


She then moved to Durham, NC where she now runs Four Corners Cuisine, a personal chef service.



See our recent discussion with Hale.

Dr. Kay Turner became the Director of BAC Folk Arts in October 2000. Kay works with Brooklyn traditional artists working in a range of disciplines—music, dance, material arts, narrative and foodways.  She is currently working on Brooklyn Maqam: Arab Music Festival, a major project on Arab music traditions in Brooklyn which will culminate in a month-long festival in March 2008.


Among her publications are Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars (Thames and Hudson) and Baby Precious Always Shines (St. Martin’s Press), an edited selection of love notes between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Her current scholarly work includes “September 11th and the Burden of the Ephemeral,” an essay to be published in 2008 and a book project Transgressive Tales: Rethinking the Grimms' Fairy Tales from Queer Perspectives. On the down low, Kay sings and writes songs for her band Snaggletooth, a collaboration with NYU medievalist, Dr. Carolyn Dinshaw.

Jawbox disbanded in 1997 but performed a one-night only reunion in late 2009 on the Jimmy Fallon show to celebrate the re-issue of their record "For Your Own Special Sweetheart".


Kim Coletta continues to run DeSoto Records in Washington, DC representing bands like The Dismemberment Plan, Les Savy Fav and Edie Sedgwick.

In 1994 Vickie Starr penned "All You Get Is Me" a biography of singer k.d. Lang.


She now co-manages Girlie Action publicity in New York, NY.

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Toshi Reagon dropped out of college after Lenny Kravitz tapped her to open for him on his first world tour. Shortly afterwards, Elvis Costello invited Toshi and her band, BIGLovely, to back him up on a ”Late Show with David Letterman” appearance.


Born in Atlanta and raised in Washington DC, Reagon cites her musical abilities from her family. Both parents belonged to SNCC’s (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) The Freedom Singers, a folk group that sprung from the Civil Rights movement and toured the country to teach people about civil rights through song. Bernice Johnson Reagon is not only Toshi’s mom but the founder of the world renowned à capella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock (she retired in 2004 after 30 years with the group). Toshi and her mom have collaborated on many projects together including co-producing many of Sweet Honey’s recordings.

Reagon now lives in Brooklyn and regularly plays sold out gigs in New York. Official site.

While living in New York, Melissa York drummed in Vitapup, Born Against and The Manacled. She then moved to the west coast to drum with Team Dresch and The Butchies.


She is currently a member of the band Humble Tripe, but is touring with Amy Rand's solo act and opening for Brandi Carlile.

Coming soon..