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Thursday, February 25, 2010
92Y Show & Tell: Marisa Meltzer

Author Marisa Meltzer, (Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music) is the premier guest of the new video series: 92Y Show & Tell. While at her lovely Brooklyn (Brooklyn) abode, Marisa, a big fan of 90’s women-centered art and music, showed us some of her favorite music and zines from that time. As those inspired her, Marisa’s own book on this era is inspiring a new generation of women.

She also interviewed with Time Out New York this week, (where she offered her top five girl-powered anthems, and top four girl-power icons) and TONY observed that Marisa has culture on her side now: “...everyone is wearing neon leggings and flannel.” The conversation turned to the scene in the 90’s:

You don’t really see these women-centered scenes like riot grrrl, or even something banal like the Lilith Fair, much anymore—

Well, Lilith Fair is coming back! It’s reforming. You can come with me. I’m going to go and face my late ’90s snobbery at the Lilith Fair. Heart Is playing, and Ke$ha, of “Tik-Tok” fame. It’s a strange and diverse lineup. I’m excited to see what happens. There are lots of awesome bands with girls in them, but I think there’s less of a sense right now of, “I’m in a band and I’m a woman and I have feminist values.” I think that it’s certainly missing from culture, whether it’s indie or mainstream culture, and I certainly hope it comes back.

On Mar 3 at 92YTribeca, Marisa will be joined by Emily Gould, author of And the Heart Says Whatever (to be published by Free Press in May 2010); Elizabeth Spiridakis “the lunatic behind the White Lightning website”; Sean Fennessey, Director of Merchandising for; and music by Supercute! for further in-depth discussion on “What It Feels Like for a Girl”: Women, Music and the Girl Power Revolution. Tickets can be purchased here.

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