I was just turned on to the fact (thanks, Google) that filmmaker Lucy Thane has made her 90s
dyke/queercore/Riot Grrrl documentary "She's Real (Worse Than Queer)" available for online consumption.
All 51 of its under-appreciated minutes feature interviews and performances from artists like Team Dresch and Tribe 8 (the influential dyke punk bands); Tammy Rae Carland (who founded the all-woman, queercore record label, Mr. Lady, that put out stuff from Le Tigre and Tracy and the Plastics); and Miranda July before she went huge.
The interviewees describe the lovely shit they had to deal with as girl artists, such as people wanting to categorize punk as a men's-only music genre. As one female musician recounts, women desiring to learn more about the craft of making music were usually brushed off by guys in the scene. ("That's nothing you should be worried about, little lady!") We're shown a "How to Buy 2nd-Hand Guitars" workshop for girls that was organized as a result.
Other conversations cover self-defense classes started as a response to queer bashing, and racism within punk. The movie's a great introduction to and record of a DIY art- and politics-focused culture that saved a lot of kids (like me) from wanting to kill ourselves. Or at least saved us from actually killing ourselves.
Part Two is here.
For bonus points, pair your viewing with Girls to the Front, a new book on Riot Grrrl by Sara Marcus. I found it interesting not only because of the compelling (and occasionally juicy) way in which she tells the movement's story, but also because I was a few years late to the party and knew way less than I thought I did about its origins and aspirations. We didn't really get Riot Grrrl in Orange County until the mid-nineties, by which time the national movement was kind of fading.