|PRAISE FOR GIRLS TO THE FRONT|
Girls to the Front is the first meticulously researched book about Riot Grrrl. I usually don’t get behind projects like this cuz they are usually really bad but I think this book is pretty on.
Ambitious and convincing. . . . Girls to the Front makes narrative sense out of events that had so far been recorded only in mythic, unverified, and fragmentary form.
—Johanna Fateman, Bookforum
A historical rockument of the revolutionary 90s counterculture Riot Grrrl movement. . . . A rousing inspiration for a new generation of empowered rebel girls to strap on guitars and stick it to The Man.
[Marcus] describes Riot Grrrls' raw, emo agit-pop with a poetic fervor that matches its subject. . . . In prose that's more literary than journalistic, the author resuscitates the giddy courage of "Revolution Girl Style" at its best. . . . Girls to the Front is the well-documented history Riot Grrrl deserves.
—Los Angeles Times
Stirring. . . . Eloquent. . . . Like Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain did in Please Kill Me. . . Sara Marcus’s Girls to the Front tells the story of Riot Grrrl, one person at a time.
Marcus does an engaging job of turning so many dispersed and disorganized fragments into a compelling story. And Girls to the Front is not only a history of a fleeting cultural movement. It’s also a fascinating portrait of viral youth culture . . . in the last moments before the Internet started to change everything.
[C]aptures all of the exhilaration, disappointment and promise of Riot Grrrl. . . . Marcus is a keen social observer as well as a sharp listener, as gifted at portraying the political forces that defined the early '90s as she is at conveying the sound of Bratmobile's "Cool Schmool."
—Philadelphia City Paper
Feminism seems to change every five years. It's hard to grasp the movement. But you don't have to live a lifetime to get the idea and energy of it, and Sara Marcus's book channels what it is to make it yr own. Girls to the Front is not just a keeper of the flame but brings you to yr own fire.
Sara Marcus's Girls to the Front is a great & true & real history. Thank God. At last.
—Eileen Myles, author of Chelsea Girls and Inferno: A Poet's Novel
For a Second Wave feminist like myself, Girls to the Front evokes wonderfully the way the generation after mine soaked up the promise and the punishment of feminist consciousness: all in all, a richly moving story.
Original, witty, idealistic and down-to-earth, Girls to the Front is a chronicle of women, girls, music, sexism-and, best of all, what it means to be alive. Reader take heart: Feminism is not dead; Generation X is not asleep; friends do matter, and stories will be told. Thank you, Sara Marcus.
—Brenda Wineapple, author of White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Scorching. . . . one hell of an empowering read. . . . As I read, I caught myself holding my head higher, imagining myself screaming along with the riot grrrls at the front of every show. I even gave a few of the usual leering creeps on the subway some nice cold intimidating stares. Fuck yeah.
Compelling. . . . A brash, gutsy chronicle of the empowering music and feminist movement of the early 1990s. . . . Marcus enthusiastically tracks the "scattered cartographies of rebellion" and captures the combustible excitement of this significant if short-lived moment.
Marcus has done a commendable job of telling the little-known history of an important social and cultural movement.
—Booklist (starred review)
While absolutely a history of Riot Grrrl and seminal bands deeply involved with and responsible for the subculture, Girls to the Front is also about every girl ever. . . Marcus never loses sight of what made its message of empowerment and self-expression important to so many. This is a thoughtful, careful exploration of that cultural moment. And it’s a taut, visceral read.
—Shakespeare & Co Bookstore
(article by Sara Marcus)
(conversation with Melissa Febos)