POP+ is MoPOP’s fandom takeover series that explores different pop culture moments and themes through a selection of free activities and other ticketed experiences. Throughout the month of August, we’re exploring and celebrating the contributions of women in all things punk: the sound, the fashion, activism, and the culture.
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Gillian G. Gaar is a Seattle-based author. Her first book, She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll was published in 1992. In addition to her own books, she has appeared in various anthologies, including The Nirvana Companion, Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Guide to Women in Rock, and Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History, among others. She was editorial assistant for Krist Novoselic's book From Grunge To Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!
She was also a project consultant/liner note writer for Nirvana's box set "With The Lights Out." She has written for numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Goldmine, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Option, and No Depression, and was a senior editor at Seattle music paper The Rocket.
Allison Wolfe was raised in an all-female household by a lesbian feminist mother who started the first women’s health clinic in Olympia, Washington. While attending the Evergreen State College, she co-founded punk feminist fanzine Girl Germs, all-girl band Bratmobile, and third-wave feminist punk movement riot grrrl. Allison also initiated the feminist music festival Ladyfest. She lives in Los Angeles and holds a master’s degree in arts journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Allison produces a podcast called I’m in the Band. She is also a DJ, a freelance writer and audio story producer and is working on an oral history of riot grrrl book and audio archive.
Helena Rogers has always been inspired to move among art in its many forms. Music was a first love, and she pursued it through school and playing in bands in the late-70s burgeoning alternative Seattle scene. She opened Rubato Records with her husband, drummer John Rogers, in 1976 and together formed the legendary art pop group Student Nurse. Helena also helped to shape the aesthetic of the Seattle scene as a designer and screenprinter, has in recent years focused on painting, and is currently working on a live painting series at The Maverick in West Seattle.
A Sleater-Kinney Primer
Anyone need to get hyped up for book club with some Sleater-Kinney deep cuts and classics? Our very own citizen musicologist, Robert Rutherford, has put together a playlist for you! It's not recommended to read while listening, though, because you may break your coffee table in half or throw your kitty across the room or thrash on your air guitar! Be careful and enjoy.