Sara Marcus discovered the Riot Grrrls at the age of 14 and immediately felt a connection. She managed to track down her local chapter and although she arrived at a time when it had been going for some years and wasn't at its highest, it had an impact on her life.
Many (most) people are not quite sure how to define the Riot Grrrl movement - was/is it political or should we associate it with music or a mixture of both? This book is both about how it all started taking as a point of departure the major players and their incentives to get involved; Whether it was frustration with the state of things in the late 80s early 90s in relation to e.g. gender roles or the appeal of a community of like-minded girls that were willing - and able - to make a change and who were willing to listen and deal with their personal issues.
They are certainly feminist, but not in the -sometimes- rigid, academic and excluding way of their predecessors, and what made them stand out even more was that they were very young yet demanded to be taken seriously and there is no doubt that music played a major role especially in the formative period and in order to spread the word amongst their contemporaries.
There are supporters and detractors of every movement and I'm sure there are lots of people that will look at Riot Grrrls with less rose-tinted spectacles than Sara Marcus, but as a story of a group of young women that were unhappy with the state of things and who did something about it and had a lasting influence on many other women's lives, and as a history of a new type of music/bands - and a new way of going to concerts! - I think it is very interesting and readable.
I think where she really succeeds is in contextualising the development of the movement in the times in which it happened and she really seems to GET what the movement was about - and she is able to communicate it which many others have tried -and failed - to do before her.
The only criticism I have is that she wasn't really there for many of these events and therefore she must rely on a third-person account of things which of course can be problematic as people have different versions of the truth, sometimes out of convenience and sometimes because they simply experienced it differently at the time, and in those cases, it might have been better if she had presented the material more in a he said/she said version rather than trying to tell it as fact.
But definitely one for the collection!