The Return of Bikini Kill and the Long Tail of Riot Grrrl

It started in punk rock and feminist communities in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast, then spread across the country and around the world: In the early 1990s, riot grrrl — an underground movement that brought together zine makers, artists, politically minded young people and bands with an under-processed DIY aesthetic — made an indelible mark on the future of rock and feminism.

The moment quieted by the late ’90s, though major figures — including the Bikini Girl frontwoman Kathleen Hanna — continued in music, finding new vessels for its core messages. Last month, Hanna’s band Bikini Kill played its first show in 22 years, the latest spike in a riot grrrl revival that’s seen the return of groups and a surge in references to the scene.

On this week’s Popcast:

Evelyn McDonnell, a scholar, journalist and editor of the anthology “Women Who Rock”

Elisabeth Vincentelli, a freelancer writer and contributor to The New York Times

Caryn Ganz, pop music editor for The New York Times



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