Archive for the ‘shredding’ Category

FUN FUN FUN Fest 2011. Heroes and Villain.

November 8, 2011

Ted Leo: true professional.

“I guess they’ve never heard of a thing called a riot before,” the unholy master, Glenn Danzig, belted out after the prompt enforcement of a city noise curfew, hoping to incite a riot at Austin’s one festival that lives up to its name, Fun Fun Fun Fest. Thankfully, the fans, who waited nearly an hour for Danzig to take the stage well after his 8:15 start time, saw through the Danzig’s malintent and did nothing more than toss beer cans. Whether the $9 cans of Tecate were meant for Danzig or the festival was unclear. This could have set the tone for a festival tinged with the disappointment of Misfits fans, but ended happily and safely. Danzig’s selfish and, hopefully, retirement-inducing meltdown on opening night helped me find heroes throughout the festival.

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Girl Shredders: complicating patriarchy a thousand notes per second

November 23, 2010

Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster

The bad news: I am postponing my entry about The Venture Bros. as a postmodern text. The paper wasn’t as awesome as I expected, so I’m waiting for remarks from my professor before publishing it. There’s a new felix incognito in town, and he doesn’t publish shit — hopefully.

The good news: this post will ideally function as a jumping-off point for my final paper in Girls’ Media & Cultural Studies, and I’m having a hell-of-a good time doing research for it.

Two weeks ago, drawing inspiration from Riot Grrrl discourse, I began to question the state of female representation in independent music scenes today — but to a greater extent I wanted to focus on girl shredders and how they complicate, and even subvert, the hegemonic masculinity of rock (Bayton 13). Shredding, guitar performance that is characterized by quick-fingered dexterity and (often) melodic solos, is an act frequently associated with male guitarists. Images of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Kirk Hammett, Eddie Van Halen, and more, inundate popular music magazines, with little to no regard for female guitar greats who are just as influential — or, if they aren’t considered influential, that could easily be attributed to their absence from mainstream publications. Where are Lita Ford, Chrissie Hynde, or riot grrrls Carrie Brownstein and Donna Dresch? Shredding is a staple of cock rock, the hyper-masculine display of guitar prowess as a symbol for male (hetero)sexuality (Waksman 239) and the presence of girl shredders challenges that paradigm. Just as the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990s emerged as a response to the male-dominated hardcore punk scene, girl shredders can shift the dynamic of the contemporary rock scene through performance of an action deemed strictly male.

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