Tobi Vail: Women in Music, 2000-09

Tobi Vail, badass drummer and one of the coolest survivors of the riot grrl scene, sums up her Thoughts on Women in Music, 2000-09 for Carrie Brownstein‘s Monitor Mix Blog on NPR. Her opening sentence—and that whole paragraph—is awesome:

At the end of the ’90s, I got excited when I realized that young girls no longer needed to hang out with creepy record-collector guys in order to find out about cool music. Information was out there for everyone to access equally via the Internet. Knowledge about obscure records could no longer be hoarded and used as power. […] Maybe we could stop flirting for mix tapes and just go to the record store without having to make nice to the know-it-all guy behind the counter who didn’t treat us with respect.

It’s a good read with several embedded streams. Recommended.

4 thoughts on “Tobi Vail: Women in Music, 2000-09”

  1. Hi,

    I am such a big fan of music when ever i free i turn on my i pod and listen music from it whole day…

    I also searching for music info like lyrics albums singers and much more….

    My favorite music types are sad songs , Fast Rock and Roll type songs and some really Hip Hop…

    So this article will make me more better in music knowledge and also some kind of fun…..

    Thanks for sharing some valuable info…

  2. The first paragraph seemed more like clever caricature than anything. Most record store clerks are not like Jack Black in High Fidelity, and if they hoarded knowledge it was because it gave them a sense of identity and specialness, just like any other universe of fanboys.

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