[TypicalGirls] Riot Grrrl book

Tobi Vail tobivail at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 15:05:27 EDT 2007

well,,,there is a difference in perspective....if you made something
when you were 18 with the intent of 5 people reading it, would you
want it on the internet when you are 38? not necsesarily...i'm not
opposed to having some of my old work out there, i'm intending to make
it available on my own terms, but i have no interest in making a
fanzine 'available for download'...to me, fanzines are all about
context....those zines were not made for everyone...they were made in
a community for a community and often that was a community of less
than 20 people...i don't find that any more elitist than going over to
someone's house for dinner rather than having a banquet. obviously the
conversations you have with your friends over dinner are going to be
different than a speech you'd give at an awards ceremony...sorry if
this is warped by my personal persepctive/neurosis, but there you have
it...i also love ephermal art and view fanzines in the same way...

the thing about saying that young people missed out because they were
young doesn't hold up because anyone can make a fanzine. those zines
aren't any better than anything anyone could make right now. that is
why the fanzine is a great art form. it's there for the taking...

time to get in the van! nice to see everyone in the bay area...hi layla!


ps there is actually an overabundance of academic writing on riot
grrl, but some of it is good, just search online or on jstor or
something like that and you'll get overwhelmed. it's not like people
haven't archived it and analyzed it to death already....what needs to
happen is another movement, not more documentation, well,,,,that's
more than my two cents, but there you have it

On 9/14/07, mike at appelstein.com <mike at appelstein.com> wrote:
> I understand what you're saying, and I definitely understand the
> tendency to look at the past through rose-colored glasses.  But at the
> same time, why should latecomers miss out on inspiring
> art/music/writing just because they happened to be too young, or just
> otherwise occupied, the first time?  I don't think there's anything
> wrong with exploring the past, especially if it helps inspire the
> future.  Perhaps a balance of past and present works best.
> -Mike
> mike at appelstein.com
> http://djearlybird.blogspot.com
> http://www.youngmarblegiants.com
> Quoting Layla Gibbon <lpgibbon at yahoo.com>:
> > One of the things I like about punk culture is that it
> > is transient. It kind of annoys me that suddenly now
> > everyone is so reverent towards the ephemera, people
> > bidding on ebay for fanzines and demos that would have
> > disappeared in previous generations.
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