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Granfalloon: Celebrating the Life and Work of Kurt Vonnegut

A research guide started in 2022, Vonnegut's centenary year. Work on this guide continues.


Welcome! This page features information pertaining to the 2024 Granfalloon celebration. You will find a feature on Sleater-Kinney (this year's headliner) and the Riot Grrrl movement along with the 2024 bookshelf with links to access these texts through IU Libraries.

Sleater-Kinney & Riot Grrrl

This year, the legendary band Sleater-Kinney will be headlining Granfalloon. Sleater-Kinney emerged from the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s and has been a staple of the American indie rock scene for 30 years. Sleater-Kinney was formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994 by Carrie Brownstein (of Excuse 17) and Corin Tucker (of Heavens to Betsy), along with Janet Weiss (of Quasi) who was their long-time drummer, though she no longer plays with the band.

Sleater-Kinney has released 11 albums over their prolific and influential career. Recently, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their album Dig Me Out, they released a covers album titled Dig Me In: A Dig Me Out Covers Album featuring musicians like St. Vincent, Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Black Belt Eagle Scout, and The Linda Lindas (who are also performing at Granfalloon this year!).

This guide contains contextual information on the riot grrrl movement and DIY feminist subcultures. You will find books, films, zines, and music related to riot grrrl and Sleater-Kinney.

Video: Jumpers (Official Music Video). Sleater-Kinney (2006).

Further Reading:

Riot grrrl is an underground feminist punk movement that began in the 1990s in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is considered a subcultural movement that combines (third-wave) feminism, punk music, and politics. Reacting to the misogyny, sexism, and harassment in the male-dominated punk scene, women published zines and formed bands that would allow them to have a voice in the music scenes they cared about. Read the Riot Grrrl Manifesto here. Some of the key bands of this movement include Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy, Excuse 17, Slant 6, Emily's Sassy Lime, Huggy Bear, The Slits, and Skinned Teen. Queercore groups like Team Dresch and the Third Sex were also a part of riot grrrl.

"I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real."

-Riot Grrrl Manifesto (1991)

Video: Riot Grrrl: The '90s Movement that Redefined Punk. Polyphonic (2018).

Below you will find articles and books with contextual information on the riot grrrl movement. For more information on the bands related to Sleater-Kinney and their members, see the music tab. For information on zine/DIY subculture, see the Zines! tab.



Inspired by Riot Grrrl

Explore riot grrrl through the following playlists:

Below, we will highlight some videos of riot grrrl bands and groups associated with Sleater-Kinney and its members.

One of the most prominent riot grrrl bands is Bikini Kill, founded in Olympia, Washington in 1990 by Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Kathi Wilcox, and Tobi Vail. Kathleen Hanna also published a fanzine titled Bikini Kill for their 1991 tours.

Video: Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl

Bratmobile, also founded in Olympia, Washington (in 1991) is the project of Allison Wolfe and Molly Neuman.

Video: Bratmobile - Cool Schmool

Around this time, Carrie Brownstein, Becca Albee, and Curtis James formed the band Excuse 17, also in, you guessed it, Olympia, Washington.

Video: Excuse 17 - I'd Rather Eat Glass

Excuse 17 frequently played shows with Heavens to Betsy, the band of Corin Tucker and Tracy Sawyer.

Video: Heavens to Betsy - She's the One

Over in Portland, Oregan, Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes founded the indie rock band Quasi in 1993.

Video: Quasi and Elliot Smith - The Poisoned Well

And in 1994, Sleater-Kinney was founded by Corin Tucker (vocals/guitar), Carried Brownstein (guitar/vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums/harmonica/vocals).

Video: Sleater-Kinney - You're No Rock N Roll Fun

Central to the proliferation of the riot grrrl movement and message (Revolution Girl Style Now!), was the production and distribution of zines. Zines (short for magazines) are self-published, DIY (do it yourself) creations. Before the emergence of the riot grrrl movement, music scenes (especially the punk scene) in the Pacific Northwest had their own sophisticated DIY cultures. Women in these scenes took advantage of this existing infrastructure, writing their own zines to circulate their ideas. This feminist ethos follows a long history of women utilizing alternative publishing modes to spread their writing and beliefs, ones which would otherwise go unpublished. We can think of the history of women's letter writing, the travel journal, and diaries as other examples of women writing outside of the mainstream.

Below, you will find digital archives with some of the most important zines of the riot grrrl movement along with articles and books on zine culture.

Bikini Kill cassette coverriot grrrl zine coverJigsaw zine cover

Images: The cassette cover of Bikini Kill's Revolution Girl Style Now. Courtesy of The Riot Grrrl Collection; The Fales Library & Special Collections New York University; The cover of the first Riot Grrrl 'zine. Courtesy of The Riot Grrrl Collection; Jigsaw, zine, No. 4, Summer 1991; MoPOP Permanent Collection


Digital Archives:


And we would be remiss if we didn't add Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's observational satire set in Portland Oregon:

Granfalloon Bookshelf

Below you will find the 2024 Granfalloon Bookshelf. Click on the links to access these titles through IU Libraries.