I’m mad now. PEN has been agitating around Russian repression and the Olympics since before the game started. For more information on how Putin has been trampling down gays and lesbians, journalists, and voices of dissent, check out their website — and play their social media mashup game. Pussy Riot forever!
Monthly Archives: February 2014
The Olympics are looking more like the Hunger Games every day. After being detained by Russian police on totally bogus charges, four members of Pussy Riot — including Nadja and Masha, and possibly a woman named Katniss — were released this morning, according to a BBC report. They promptly ran down the Sochi streets in their ski masks, screaming anti-Putin lyrics. Does this mean Bob Costas will have to say Pussy Riot again?
If you weren’t one of the lucky people who squeezed into the Los Angeles Central Library January 9 for Queens of Noise: Music, Feminism and Punk: Then and Now, you can now see for yourself just how funny and passionate my copanelists Exene Cervenka and Allison Wolfe were. The Aloud series has posted the video on Vimeo. We discuss Pussy Riot, Rock Camp for Girls, Riot Grrrl, Beyonce, the Runaways, and a lot more. If you want a piece of feminist punk history, Exene is selling off many of her earthly possessions at a sale that starts today.
I’m still processing my whirlwind weekend visit to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum, Library and Archives a couple weeks ago. It was an honor to argue the case for the importance of the Runaways within those sacred institutional walls. Plus Cleveland played a pivotal role in Runaways history, as I got to discuss with journalists and fans who were there for those famous Agora shows, including writer Cliff Michalski, who I had interviewed for the book. Queens of Noise discographer and Runaways archivist Omid Yamini joined me on the podium and in the back rooms of the archives. Here are some snapshots of the wintery weekend. All photos courtesy of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.